Texas gov praises Harvey response; Trump meets and tweets

August 27, 2017
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Wilford Martinez, right, is rescued from his flooded car by Harris County Sheriff's Department Richard Wagner along Interstate 610 in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is loading heavy praise on President Donald Trump and the federal government for its response to Hurricane Harvey. The Republican is describing an “A-plus” effort with the storm only just beginning to take its catastrophic toll.

The devastating storm has dumped more than 2 feet of rain, sending thousands of people in Houston to rooftops for rescue. It has prompted a warning from Federal Emergency Management Agency director Brock Long of a “landmark event,” one taking years to recover.

Trump promised to travel to Texas “as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption” and convened a Cabinet meeting by telephone Sunday.

Abbott tells “Fox News Sunday” that he would give FEMA a top grade, “all the way from the president down.”

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