'Texas can handle anything': US President on Hurricane Harvey

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Rick Perry, current secretary of the Department of Energy and former governor of Texas, wants America to know that Donald Trump's freakish tweeting during Hurricane Harvey is simply evidence that he is "multitasking".

PERRY: The president's really engaged in this.

Update: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have landed in Corpus Christi, Texas. During the press conference, he said "every asset" he can muster is at the disposal of local officials in Houston and other areas suffering under historic rainfall and flooding. The White House has been keen to show Trump engaged in the crisis as it unfolded over the weekend, distributing photos of Trump being briefed on the storm from Camp David. "Nobody's ever seen anything like this", Trump said of Tropical Storm Harvey as he met with state and federal officials for a briefing at a Corpus Christi fire station. We recognize, we respect the state's role in this effort, they're leading this, we're assisting them, we're leaning forward as far as we can in this, but the president is very, very engaged - he knows exactly what's going on.

"I think the president certainly shares the values of Americans".

The Trumps are scheduled for a tour of the Emergency Operations Center in Austin Texas Tuesday afternoon, according to a schedule released by the office of the White House Press Secretary. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.

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"The president and the team here has been working around the clock to support recovery", Bossert said.

"I've been around dozens and dozens of major disasters and hurricanes, hundreds of disasters". There's a long, hard road ahead in recovering from a storm whose flooding has displaced tens of thousands, those officials have cautioned.

And after failing to mention victims during his trip to Texas for a briefing from federal, state and local officials, Trump highlighted the human cost of the monster storm that is only now beginning to be revealed.

The shadow of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and the Louisiana coast in 2005, and triggered political shocks that badly damaged the presidency of George W. Bush, is hanging over the Hurricane Harvey response.