The Note: Harvey's devastation makes Washington squabbles seem small

The president is confident Congress will react quickly to the storm.


  • President Trump and first lady Melania Trump travel to Texas as the state recovers from Hurricane Harvey and gears up for three more days of rain in the Houston area.
  • "Nothing to do with Russia"? Just four months into his campaign for president, then-candidate Trump signed a "letter of intent" to construct what would have been the world’s tallest building in Moscow.
  • Trump says he "stands" by his pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As for the Friday night timing, Trump quipped that storm coverage probably earned it “far higher” ratings.
  • It’s complicated: President Trump predicts quick, bipartisan action on disaster relief for Texas and Louisiana but that hefty bill may just complicate Congress’ plan to avoid a government shutdown.
  • White House Tiptoes in Texas


    "Actually in the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally," Trump said about the specific timing of his pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio Monday.


    The president and first lady depart Washington, D.C., at 8:50 a.m. ET and arrive in Corpus Christi, Texas, at 11:25 a.m. ET. Upon arriving, they are expected to receive a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. They will then travel to Austin, Texas, and take a tour of the Emergency Operations center and participate in a briefing on the hurricane with state leadership.


    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., joins the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast this week. Meadows, who is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, sits down with ABC News’ Jon Karl and Rick Klein.

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    As Harvey rages, Texas senators defend votes against Sandy funding. As the federal government considers how best to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey, GOP Rep. Pete King, whose home state of New York was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2013, reminded his Lone Star State colleagues that some of them voted against a $51-billion aid package that year. King tweeted, "Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I'll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY won't abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesn't deserve another."

    Trump defends Arpaio pardon, pushes back on questions over timing. Provided the opportunity to defend his pardon of Joe Arpaio, President Donald Trump on Monday claimed the controversial former Arizona sheriff was treated "unbelievably unfairly." "I thought [Arpaio] was treated unbelievably unfairly when they came down with their big decision to go get him right before the election voting started," the president said.

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