While visiting the Houston area on Saturday to meet with flood victims, President Trump told reporters that he is seeing “a lot of happiness,” and he hopes everyone has a great time.
“It’s been really nice,” Trump said of the visit. “It’s been a wonderful thing. As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing, I think even for the country to watch it and for the world to watch. It’s been beautiful.”
When the president was asked about the flooding, he replied, “The flooding? Oh, yeah, yeah, there’s a lot of water, but it’s leaving pretty quickly. But there’s a lot of water, a lot of water, but it’s moving out.”
And as he was leaving the NRG Center, an emergency shelter for those displaced by the devastated weather, Trump told survivors to “have a good time.”
The worst of the hurricane was over by Thursday, but recovery from the rain and flooding in Texas and neighboring Louisiana is expected to take months and cost upwards of $125 billion, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s estimate. That figure surpasses the $100 billion mark set by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
According to the Associated Press, this was the worst rainfall disaster in US history, 43 people have died and dozens more were injured as a result of the hurricane.