“President Trump urged onlookers at a Houston shelter to “have a good time” on Saturday — and appeared to take his own advice during a daylong Gulf Coast tour that blurred the line between bucking up a battered region and taking an early victory lap.
“During a half-dozen events in Texas and Louisiana, Mr. Trump exchanged hugs with survivors of Hurricane Harvey, viewed the historic damage firsthand, conferred with emergency management officials and personally imprinted the Trump brand on a recovery effort expected to take years and cost $100 billion or more.
“Mr. Trump, who had traveled to the area four days before and was criticized for not meeting with victims of the storm, sought on Saturday to project a sense of empathy during the series of media-friendly stops.”
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