Health secretary says Trump’s ‘heart goes out’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to Texas (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

A top Trump administration official says President Donald Trump’s “heart goes out” to the people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price tells reporters aboard Air Force One that Trump’s “passion and his love for the American people and concern about their welfare is unending.”

Trump spent much of his visit to Texas on Tuesday applauding the government’s response efforts, but notably missed opportunities to strike a sympathetic note for the multitudes who are suffering.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says, “This is all about people and making sure that we’re taking care of the people of Texas.”

She says Trump will return to the region Saturday to survey the damage and meet with some of storm’s victims.


6:15 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump says Texas, Louisiana and other parts of the country will feel Hurricane Harvey’s effects for years to come.

Mrs. Trump released a written statement Tuesday after she joined President Donald Trump for storm briefings in Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas.

She notes that 1.7 million people are under orders to leave their homes and that more will be displaced as the floodwaters in Houston continue to rise.

The first lady says she wants to offer her help and support not just through words, but also action. She did not say what specifically she will do to help.

Mrs. Trump says what she found to be most profound during the visit was the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the state of Texas.


5:25 p.m.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says President Donald Trump has shown compassion for people in the path of Hurricane Harvey.

He says the sometimes blunt-spoken Trump “has shown both care and compassion and direction and commitment” as the Gulf Coast storm hammered and flooded Texas.

Abbott says Trump helped “Texas get prepared (and) provided us every resource and…

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