Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday to survey Hurricane Harvey damage

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Donald Trump on the White House lawn. Pool/Getty Images

President Donald Trump will visit Texas on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which has brought historic rainfall to parts of Texas causing flooding and several reported deaths.

In a statement on Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the president’s trip to Texas later this week, though she emphasised that the details would be announced later.

CNN reported that the president is unlikely to visit Houston, one of the cities hardest hit by the hurricane.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump hinted that he would visit the region when he felt that a presidential visit would not complicate the recovery efforts.

The president also couldn’t seem to help reminding followers of his 2016 presidential electoral victory, adding moments later that he would also visit nearby Missouri.

Some Republicans warned Trump to avoid repeating President George W. Bush’s delayed response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which drew widespread criticism and was seen as one of the most poorly-managed crises of his presidency.

Bush was seen as sluggish, failing to leave his vacation ranch to address the crisis until several days after the storm hit, and garnering condemnation for his praise of the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which lacked supplies and coordination with local agencies, and failed to seriously comprehend the scale of the disaster until three days after landfall. 

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley warned President Donald Trump on Friday to closely monitor the hurricane.

“@realDonaldTrump #hurricane keep on top of hurricane Harvey and dont mke same mistake Pres Bush made w Katrina,” Grassley wrote on Twitter.