Transcript for Trump visited with state officials in Corpus Christi and Austin
President trump traveling to Texas today saying he wants this natural disaster to be managed better than any other. He visited with officials in Corpus Christi and Austin, and took time to greet regular people who showed up to see him waving the Texas flag. ABC's Cecilia Vega is in rockport tonight. Reporter: President trump and the first lady arriving in corpus Christie today. Inside a local fire house, a sit down with state officials and the head of FEMA. It's a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before. We want to be looked at in five years, in ten years from now as, this is the way to do it. Reporter: The president offering high praise for the officials in the room, but with this caveat. We won't say congratulations. We don't want to do that. We don't want to congratulate. We'll congratulate each other when it's all finished. Reporter: His presidential motorcade driving through streets that did not suffer severe damage. The white house says they did not want to disrupt rescue and recovery efforts. Outside the firehouse, the president greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters. Then a presidential pep talk. I want to thank you for coming out. We're going to get you back and operating immediately. Thank you, everybody. What a crowd what a turnout the catastrophe still unfolding. Reporter: But the president's tone was upbeat. This is history irk. It's epic what happened, but you know what? It happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything. Thank you, folks. Reporter: Finally, he pulled out the Texas flag before taking off to tour the state's emergency operations center in Austin. Before his trip, the president said Texas would be quote, "Up and running very, very quickly." But today he acknowledged the long road ahead. The sad thing is this is long term nobody's ever seen anything this long and nobody's ever seen this much water. Cecilia Vega joins us live now from rockport, Texas, and Cecilia, the president is planning a return to visit the region later in the week? Reporter: Tom, he will be in Texas and Louisiana this weekend. Today's trip was just a short one. Most of his time spent with first responders and state officials. It does not appear that president trump met with any survivors of the storm, but just as they were taking off on air force one tonight, the first lady had a message for those survivors saying she sends her thoughts and her prayers, Tom, and the number of evacuees will rise. Cecilia Vega for us tonight.
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