Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary for former President George W. Bush, criticized President Donald Trump’s actions during his visit to the disaster-affected areas in Texas on Tuesday following Hurricane Harvey.
According to Fleischer, the president has not shown “empathy” toward individuals whose lives have been impacted by the historic storm.
“I was with President Bush when he went to see the devastation caused by fires in Missouri and in Arizona and tornadoes in Missouri,” Fleischer said on Fox News’s “America’s News Headquarters.” “There was something missing from what President Trump said […] that’s the empathy for the people who suffer.”
Fleischer argued that showing empathy for those in trouble “should have been the first thing” the president said, adding that Trump also needed to reaffirm that “the government is here to help them to recover from this.”
“That’s what a presidential visit can accomplish. I hope President Trump will return to that in some other public setting later today,” Fleischer added.
Shortly after Trump attended a briefing on the ongoing Hurricane relief efforts during his visit to Texas on Tuesday, the president made his way outside, where he told a large crowd that had gathered, “It happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything.”
The president also commented on the crowd size adding, “What a crowd, what a turnout.”
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