Trump hugs Harvey’s victims in test of presidential mien

September 3, 2017

Trump_hurricane_HugHOUSTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump took up the mantle of “comforter-in-chief” in a visit to storm-wracked Houston as he played with children and served up food to evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, the first major natural disaster of his eight months in office.

In a widely watched test of his presidential mien, Trump comforted victims and thanked volunteers and first responders after being criticized earlier in the week for not showing sufficient empathy to Texas residents during catastrophic flooding.

Trump, 71, was joined by his wife, Melania, as he passed out food and hugged, kissed and played with children at the “kid zone” in Houston’s NRG Center, a 700,000-square-foot (65,000 square meter) facility that was turned in to the city’s largest emergency shelter.

The day was a rare glimpse into Trump’s interactions with everyday Americans outside his campaign-style rallies. The former real estate magnate appeared relaxed as he posed for photographs with volunteers and chatted with evacuees alongside Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

33 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Cherie Lynn Davis says:

    Got to love President Trump and the First Lady!! The disparaging media mongers appear absolutely ridiculous in their reporting of his and Melania’s trip to visit the flood victims in Texas!! We don’t see any of them getting off their sorry backsides to help, unless they have a camera following them. Ugh, they are disgusting people!!

  • Original Anna says:

    Thanks Michael D. Amirault. I so agree with you and nice to meet you.

  • roboteq says:

    As much as I have not cared for Donald Trump prior to his becoming president, we must accept that the man must be a decent family man to have so many well adjusted and successful children from different marriages. I am learning more and more to appreciate our president as a man as well as our president.

  • mike says:

    To watch him interact with people is interesting in the fact that I believe he is happy to be there. Not a phoney elite looking or votes. I do not believe he went back there in response to leftie critic. I believe that he knows that when the boss shows up on the front lines, troops are hearten.

  • daanerud says:

    Geo Soros:
    A person who is spending millions on ways to destroy America.
    The process to over throw a government used to be labled as treason.

  • LJ says:

    His carping critics will never stop attacking him. No matter what he does. He should stop wasting his time trying to get a good reaction from them. His many long-standing friends say he is a kind and empathetic person. We dont really care WHAT the media says. They are nasty and pathetic excuses for human beings.

  • Pete says:

    By their fruits ye shall know them. (Quote from the good book). The President and First Lady obviously know who’s really the final authority. (It is NOT a puny national government!!)

  • CBUJAN says:

    You won’t see this on the lying news media.

  • Webb says:

    What Happened…Trump Happened!

    1. Roy Fredrichsen says:

      Aye! The left is so blind all they can do is criticise a man trying to put this country back together so everybody succeeds. I saw Gene Green shaking hands with President Trump. Green has been trying to put together a petition to impeach President Trump. I wonder if he has changed his mind after meeting Trump in person?

  • Raymond King says:

    You know the bible tells us that good will always overcome evil. President Trump is a good man with a heart for the people of this country and beleave
    it or not GOD IS ON HIS SIDE AND SO ARE WE. Keep praying for him and we will win.

  • Tiger says:

    Nothing new for Trump or Melania to love children. Those people with wagging tongues firing off hate rants they never even listened to a rally or saw Trump among people. I know, I have talked to so many now and all they know is what they are told. What the Alt Left doesn’t realize, along with the RINO etc is that Trump is moving right along with his agenda for “We the People” and they are losing ground at an incredible rate.

    Now with the Left only helping Muslims, Hispanics, illegals and blacks in Texas they are putting themselves in a box, a Racist box that will be seen by the world.


    1. Roy Fredrichsen says:

      The hate filled left is slowly destroying themselves and are too stupid

      to see it.

      1. Tiger says:

        Daily and dangerous to all of us.

  • Michael D. Amirault says:

    I am so very pleased to witness a POTUS like no other. A man of the people, a man of his word. May God continue to bless him and keep him, May God continue to shine His face upon him.
    May God heal this nation. Through Jesus I ask this

    1. PatriotGal says:

      Amen! Where two or more are gathered in My Name, I am there. I join with you, Michael.

      1. Pete says:

        And I am with you also

    2. Original Anna says:

      Oops, should have used the reply. Thanks Michael D. Amirault. I so agree with you and nice to meet you.

      1. Michael D. Amirault says:

        TY Anna, likewise it is also my pleasure.

  • ARJAY says:

    Yet it was OK for oblamo to go golfing instead of going to NO after Katrina?!?!

    No matter what PRESIDENT TRUMP does, the libTURD democRATS will CONTINUE to bash him!!

    They are SO FULL OF HATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jane says:

    He’s a real person, not a fake like Obumo who ruined our country in his years in OUR White House. He will turn out to be one of the best presidents American has ever had. God Bless you, President Trump!!!

    1. clem says:

      Yes. When we get rid of the RINO’s that refuse to do the will of the people instead of George Soros, we can get our country back.

      1. delbert chaudoin says:

        Go to the WE THE PEOPLE’ section on the White House website and sign the petition to get George Soros declared a domestic terriorist.

        1. clem says:

          I have. Thanks.

          1. Anouk says:

            I did it also!

        2. Rodzzz says:

          Declare George Soros a terrorist and seize all of his related organizations’ assets under RICO and NDAA law

        3. goldie says:

          And while you are there, check out many others worth signing. Spread the word.

      2. Anouk says:


  • for those who have followed him, it is obvious trump loves children. watch campaign clips and with his grandchildren …he is great with them and they respond to him. same with Melania. really people, get a life outside of trump bashing. you have 7 1/2″ years of trump kissing babies so suck it up buttercup.

    1. PatriotGal says:

      Frances, wasn’t it heartwarming to see the children run up to OUR PRESIDENT, hugging him? So darling, putting their arms around his leg, waist, wherever they could reach and then when he bent down, one little boy placed his arm on OUR PRESIDENT’S shoulder, sort of around his neck. So sweet. Children KNOW instinctively, he loves them as we know PRESIDENT Trump loves us and loves America.

      1. goldie says:

        There’s an old saying that you can trust a person who loves children and dogs. I believe it.

  • Doris Muir says:


  • Bob says:

    way to go Pres.

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