Houston woke up to catastrophic flooding on Sunday and emergency crews struggled to keep up with rescue operations. But the commander in chief seemed to have something else on his mind when he woke up—his buddy’s book. As rescue workers scrambled to get hundreds of people out of harm’s way, President Donald Trump plugged the book of controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. “A great book by a great guy, highly recommended!” Trump tweeted, sharing a post by Clarke.
A great book by a great guy, highly recommended! https://t.co/3jbDDN8YmJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Trump promoting his staunch supporter’s book came mere days after he pardoned racist ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Clarke, an outspoken Trump supporter known for wearing a cowboy hat and disdaining Black Lives Matter activists, may never have been convicted, but he is also a divisive figure who has been accused of mistreating prisoners. Just a few weeks ago, the family of a man who died from dehydration in a jail cell in 2016 filed a lawsuit against Clarke.
It seems Trump may have realized he should make it clear he was keeping an eye on the devastation in Texas and quickly pivoted to writing a few tweets about Harvey. But the president seemingly couldn’t help keeping things focused on himself and vowed that he would be “going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption.”
I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Just like that, the president then switched topics yet again and appeared to remember another pending trip, noting that he’ll be going to Missouri, where, lest you forget, “I won by a lot in ’16.”
I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in '16. Dem C.M. is opposed to big tax cuts. Republican will win S!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Then it was back to Harvey and Trump took on an optimistic attitude even as he noted that experts are calling it “a once in 500 year flood!” The president didn’t mention that people had already died.
Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
And less than 20 minutes later it was back to political commentary as Trump talked up the need for a border wall and vowed that “Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.”
With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
All this talk about Mexico seems to have reminded the president about the North American Free Trade Agreement and he threatened the United States may have to exit “the worst trade deal ever made” because both Canada and Mexico are “being very difficult.”
We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very difficult,may have to terminate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Major rescue operations underway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Harvey is the first major domestic natural disaster of Trump's presidency.