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President Trump tweets while the flooding in Houston reaches catastrophic levels

As the flooding in Houston appeared dire, Trump tweeted a promo for a book and complained about Mexico and Canada


Taylor Link
August 27, 2017 3:58PM (UTC)

While a natural disaster was playing out in real time in Houston, President Donald Trump found solace on Twitter Sunday morning, signaling to the American people that all was well despite the devastation in Texas.

Trump's first tweet Sunday morning was a promotion for Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's new book, "Cop under Fire."

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It was only after this tweet that Trump addressed the dire situation in Houston.

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His focus on Houston did not last long, however, as he soon began taking shots at the Democratic Party.

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While Trump was aimlessly tweeting about his election win, images from Houston showed just how hard the city was hit by the storm.

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Trump did gawk at the severity of the storm, writing in a tweet that Hurricane Harvey brought a "once in 500 year flood!"

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But immediately after that tweet, Trump turned his sights on Mexico and the border wall he cannot seem to fund. Trump again pledged that Mexico will pay for the wall and also called the neighboring country "one of the highest crime nations in the world."

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There have been reports of deaths in Texas from the storm, but Trump has yet to acknowledge them. Instead, he decided to take a swipe at NAFTA and admonished Mexico and Canada for being "very difficult" in the trade negotiations.

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Trump's laissez-faire attitude toward the flood is even more galling considering he used the storm as a distraction from two highly controversial orders. On Friday night, when Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio and directed the military to implement a ban on transgender individuals from serving.

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Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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