(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned President Trump on Friday to “keep on top of Hurricane Harvey,” and to avoid making the same mistake President George W. Bush made when he delayed a visit to Katrina-stricken New Orleans, prompting fury from his critics.
Tweeting early Saturday morning, Trump responded to Grassley:
“@ChuckGrassley – got your message loud and clear. We have fantastic people on the ground, got there long before #Harvey. So far, so good!,” Trump wrote around 7:30 a.m.
“Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp David. We are leaving nothing to chance. City, State and Federal Govs. working great together!” Trump said in a second tweet shortly before 8 a.m.
Even before Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm late Friday night, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced they had supplies and teams on the ground to render assistance, as needed:
“Commodities are being strategically located in the Gulf Coast, near potentially affected areas,” the news release said. “As of this morning (Friday), more than 96,000 liters of water, 306,000 meals and 4,500 tarps are staged at Incident Support Bases in Texas and Louisiana with additional supplies being readied as states anticipate and request supplies following landfall.”
The FEMA news release also noted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would assist local evacuation and response operations, helping “anyone in need of assistance.”
“Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks,” FEMA said.