President Trump greeted and fed people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas on Saturday.
Trump, along with his wife Melania and members of his Cabinet, arrived in Houston in the late morning local time, his second such trip to the area since the storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane more than a week ago, leading to dozens of deaths and widespread flooding.
After being met by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the airport, Trump travelled to the NRG Center in Houston where he met with Harvey survivors who are residing at a shelter.
Trump shook some hands, doled out hugs, and also helped distribute hot dogs, chips and applesauce for lunch, according to a press pool report.
The president briefly interacted with the press in attendance and was asked is what his message for the people of Texas.
"The message is that things are working out well. Really, I think people appreciate what's been done," he replied. "It's been done very efficiently, very well, and that's what we want. We're very happy with the way everything is going. A lot of love. There's a lot of love."
Reflecting on the families he met earlier, Trump said, "They were just happy. We saw a lot of happiness. It's been really nice. It's been a wonderful thing. As tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, I think even for the country to watch it and for the world to watch. It's been beautiful."
Trump also touched on the $7.85 billion request he sent to Congress for immediate Harvey relief funding, noting that he thinks it will make "very quick progress."
"There's a lot of water, a lot of water, but it's moving out," He said. "But I think most importantly, the governor, the relationship with the governor, the mayor and everybody, it's been fantastic. And with the federal government. We're signing a lot of documents now to get money into your state. $7.9 billion. We signed it, and now it's going through a very quick process."
One press pool report also notes that Melania Trump, sporting a "Texas" cap, knelt on the floor with books in hand while greeting a group of several children, but didn't appear to read to them.
The White House also announced Saturday afternoon that Trump made additional assistance available, building on the major disaster declaration he issued on Aug. 25, by authorizing an increase in federal funding for "debris removal and emergency protective measures."
Federal cost-sharing will be increased to 90 percent for debris removal, and 100 percent for emergency protective measures, up from 75 percent of total eligible costs under the initial declaration.
Trump's visit with victims of the storm comes after he faced criticism for not doing so in his first trip to Texas on Tuesday, when he traveled to Corpus Christi and Austin and met with state officials and has briefed on some of the rescue operations taking place.
Trump is slated to visit areas devastated by the storm and flooding in both Houston as well as Louisiana on Saturday.