The Latest: Trump Says Protecting US Lives Is Top Priority

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey (all times EDT):

4:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump states protecting American lives is his top priority as Harvey proceeds to pound the U.S. Gulf Coast.

He says in a East Room press conference Monday that “every asset” he may muster is in the use of local officials in Houston and other places suffering under historical rainfall and flooding. Several deaths are blamed on the storm.

Trump adds that “there has probably never been anything such as” the storm along with that “retrieval is going to be a long and difficult road.”

Hurricane Harvey is Trump’s presidency’s first major natural disaster. Tuesday, Trump is expected to go to with the region.

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4:18 p.m.

George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Barack Obama obtained a boost late in his re-election effort for his handling of Superstorm Sandy.

President Donald Trump is facing the risks and gains that come with leading the government’s reaction to a natural disaster that is destructive and fatal. Hurricane Harvey, the enormous storm that has dropped torrents of rain across Texas, is the first significant natural disaster of the presidency of Trump, and also also the extent of the harm seems likely to take a federal reaction.

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Even the White House has sought to paint Trump participated in the response, including announcing plans for him to go before landfall was made by Harvey.