Joe Biden To Travel To Storm-Ravaged Texas This Week
Written by Huffingtonpost on February 23, 2021
President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden will journey to Houston on Friday as Texas reels from its devastating winter storms, the White Home stated Tuesday.
The announcement got here days after Biden declared a significant catastrophe for a lot of Texas, unlocking federal funds to assist these affected by prolonged energy outages and freezing temperatures. No less than 70 individuals have died, however the demise toll is regarded as severely underreported.
Biden stated final week he needed to make sure his go to to Texas wouldn’t complicate any reduction efforts.
“I don’t wish to be a burden. When the president lands in any metropolis in America, it has a protracted tail,” he stated.
“Within the meantime, the President has requested FEMA to do all the pieces it may to quickly distribute assist to the state of Texas,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated Monday. “Thus far, greater than 1 million meals have been shipped to Texas. Greater than four million liters of water have been shipped to Texas.”
The Division of Protection is delivering water in bulk to a number of areas, she added, together with emergency turbines and blankets.
This will probably be Biden’s first go to to a catastrophe web site since taking workplace final month.
Former President Donald Trump’s such journeys usually devolved into public relations disasters, from tossing paper towels at Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico to telling California’s wildfire-ravaged communities they wanted to rake their forests extra. Trump additionally recurrently threatened to withhold catastrophe reduction from states and handled catastrophe visits like marketing campaign stops.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one in all Trump’s most steadfast supporters, can be in sizzling water for leaving the state throughout the storm and flying to Cancún whereas his constituents actually froze to demise.
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