President Trump and Melania Return to Texas to Meet with Hurricane Harvey Rvacuees as 32,000 take Refuge in Shelters After Devastating Storm Which has Destroyed 100,000 Homes

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Houston on Saturday morning for their second trip to Texas since Hurricane Harvey ravaged the state.

The pair left the White House at 9.20m to make their way to Joint Air Base Andrews where they boarded Air Force One shortly afterwards.

Melania paired her snakeskin pumps with a khaki dress and wore her signature pair of sunglasses. An aide toted two Louis Vuitton bags carrying a change of outfit for her.

After touching down at Eliot Field in Houston, she emerged in a denim shirt, jeans and a pair of sneakers, adding a hat with the ‘Texas’ stitched on the front.

President Trump was dressed in a more weather appropriate outfit of a rain coat, shirt and dark trousers. He carried an umbrella for the pair as they made their way across the South Lawn to board Marine One.

Immediately after arriving in Texas, the pair went to the NRG Stadium where thousands are sheltering.

Trump was warm and jovial, kissing babies and chatting to young children who have been forced to recuperate at the stadium with their families after having their homes wiped away by the storm.

They dished out food to lines of hungry evacuees and posed for selfies with fans before leaving the stadium to move on to Louisiana.

Before making his exit, Trump told gathered reporters that the people he spoke with were ‘very happy’ and said that though the hurricane itself was ‘tough’, the unified response of the country was ‘wonderful’.

It is their second visit to Texas where at least 45 are dead and 32,000 are in evacuation shelters as a result of Harvey which has been heralded as the worst natural disaster to have ever hit the US.

Floods have destroyed entire neighborhoods in Houston and Beaumont and Port Arthur in south east Texas.

There are areas of Louisiana which have also been affected. Local authorities are working round-the-clock to rescue anyone still stranded and recover the bodies of those who were unable to escape.

On Saturday, the Trumps will meet with some of those affected at one of the hundreds of relief centers across the state.

They will meet with members of the Texas delegation before making their way to Louisiana at around lunchtime.

There, they will take part in a meet and greet with members of the Cajun Navy, a civilian organization comprised of volunteers with boats who have saved thousands since Harvey hit last week.

The Trumps will fly back to Washington DC afterwards and will arrive back at the White House at 9pm.

On Tuesday, they faced criticism for their upbeat visit to the state where Trump addressed a crowd of supporters in Corpus Christi and met with Governor Greg Abbott but did not visit one of the evacuation shelters in place.

He steered clear of Houston, where the hurricane was ongoing at the time, and instead went to Corpus Christi.

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