Aug 31, 2017

Pence holds prayer service for victims of Harvey in Texas

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen arrive in Corpus Christi, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, to visit areas and people effected by Hurricane Harvey. (Eric Gay / AP)

Mike Pence and his wife Karen are in Texas today visiting various residents who have been affected by Harvey. They started their trip in Corpus Christi, then headed to Rockport where they surveyed the city's wreckage and held a prayer service for victims outside of a badly damaged church.

  • Trump will return to Texas on Saturday, Pence said. The destination will be announced later today.
  • The biggest concern is housing. Pence told reporters on Air Force 2 that FEMA has already manufactured 2,000 houses and has ordered 4,000 more, per Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs.
  • Day of prayer: Gov. Greg Abbott declared Sunday, Sept. 3, "a day of prayer in Texas."
  • Key quote: "President Trump sent us here to say that we are with you. The American people are with you. We are here today, we will be here tomorrow, and we will be here every day" until Texas rebuilds.

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