Abbott Grades Federal Government's Response to Hurricane Harvey an A+

August 28, 2017

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R.) gave President Donald Trump's administration an A+ on its response to Hurricane Harvey during a press briefing Monday.

At the briefing, a reporter asked Abbott how he would grade the federal government’s response to the hurricane so far.

"The state of Texas has been dealing with the federal government for about seven to 10 days, at least, before the hurricane hit," Abbott said. "I've spoken with the president on multiple occasions, with his Cabinet members … and I would have to grade the federal government's response as an A+."

Abbott said that in addition to the president, he has spoken with multiple Cabinet members including Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, and FEMA administrator Brock Long.

"This is, if not the largest, it has to be categorized as one of the largest disasters America has ever faced," Abbott said. "And to see the swift response from the federal government is pretty much unparalleled."

Although Abbott is grateful for the response by the federal government so far, he acknowledged they are still early in the process, and said the current level of support, assistance, and response must be maintained.

The president will travel to Texas on Tuesday to assess the aftermath of the storm, and to discuss logistics with state and local officials.