Trump to propose initial $5.9B in Harvey aid

Posted September 06, 2017

Trump used a similar "reporters decide" gimmick at the beginning of his administration, that time with his presidential salary, which he is declining to accept. Then-press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a March briefing that Trump "has kindly asked you all determine where that goes".

The White House says President Donald Trump is pledging $1 million in personal funds to Harvey storm relief efforts.

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert speaks during the daily press briefing, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Washington.

Trump's remarks came as he signed a proclamation declaring Sunday a national day of prayer for the victims of Harvey.

Harvey's impact is so big the White House plans to push for two disaster relief packages. The White House said more than 436,000 households have registered with FEMA for aid.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and another Republican are urging President Donald Trump not to rescind federal protections for immigrant children whose parents brought them to the country illegally.

Ms Huckabee Sanders said the President and first lady would return to Texas and Louisiana on Saturday, and will most likely visit Houston.

During a visit to Texas on Tuesday, Mr Trump had been unable to visit the flood zone because of hard logistics and security concerns.

The president traveled to Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday.

"Certainly not silly polls that, frankly, weren't much use to us in the election, and I don't think are now".

Trump has been criticized in the past for giving far less of his income to charitable causes than many other multi-billionaires.

In its own analysis of satellite imagery and property data, Reuters estimated that there is at least $23 billion worth of property damage in the southeast Texas counties of Harris and Galveston. And it may be split among several groups doing relief work in storm-ravaged areas of Texas and Louisiana.