He stood on a raised platform of some type. Couldn’t tell if it was a step ladder or not. But he was not on a truck. Spoke into a microphone.Some more info from a TV station in Kansas City:
“I love you, you are special, we’re here to take care of you. It’s going well.”
“What a crowd, what a turnout.”
Reporters heard no mention of the dead, dying or displaced Texans and no expression of sympathy for them. The message was services are coming and Texans will be OK.
“Texas can handle anything,” POTUS said.
“We are going to get you back and operating immediately,” he told the crowd (this contradicts the “Long haul” Sen. John Cornyn has publicly discussed and the caveat from FEMA administrator long moments earlier that it’s going to be a slow process).
President Donald Trump gave what was described by a White House pool reporter as an "impromptu rally" after meeting with Texas officials on Tuesday about the government response response to Hurricane Harvey.And now some commentary from the Washington Post:
According to a White House pool report prepared by a reporter from the Dallas Morning News, a group of hundreds of Trump supporters managed to know where Trump was meeting with officials. The group stood outside of a fire station near Corpus Christi.
As rescuers continued their exhausting and heartbreaking work in southeastern Texas on Tuesday afternoon, as the rain continued to fall and a reservoir near Houston spilled over, President Trump grabbed a microphone to address hundreds of supporters who had gathered outside a firehouse near Corpus Christi and were chanting: “USA! USA! USA!”I'll just leave it at that.
‘Thank you, everybody,” the president said, sporting one of the white “USA” caps that are being sold on his campaign website for $40. “I just want to say: We love you. You are special. . . . What a crowd. What a turnout.”
Yet again, Trump managed to turn attention on himself.