First lady Melania Trump and second lady Karen Pence are heading back to Texas on Wednesday to help out with hurricane recovery efforts, according to the Washington Examiner.
The White House announced Tuesday that the women are visiting the Lone Star State to observe first-hand the rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey — and thank the men and women doing it.
“Upon arrival to Corpus Christi, the two will participate in a meet-and-greet with first responders who are part of the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort,” a statementfrom the White House read.
“Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Pence will then travel to Rockport, Texas, to meet with a family whose home was destroyed in the hurricane, and tour the home’s remains. They will also see the family’s new Manufactured Housing Unit, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which will serve as the family’s temporary residence until they can move into a new, rebuilt home.
“Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Pence will also visit a local elementary school, touring classrooms and speaking with faculty and students about the hurricane.
“The two women will conclude their day in Texas with a stop at a local food bank to meet with volunteers and help sort boxes of donations.”
In a statement, the first lady expressed sympathy with the people of Texas.
“The effects of the hurricane season are still being felt throughout southern portions of the United States and in Puerto Rico, and residents still need our help,” Melania said.
“While I am heartened by the strength and resilience of those impacted by the storms, I will continue doing all that I can to lend a voice and shine a spotlight on those who need assistance to rebuild and start new family traditions. As Christmas and the New Year approach, I encourage people to lend their time volunteering or providing financial support to those still reeling from the hurricanes.”
Karen Pence also commended the state’s resilient residents.
“Our hearts are encouraged by the people of Texas and their continued enthusiasm to help each other pick up the pieces and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey,” Pence said.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to accompany the first lady in Texas and to visit with families and their children in the communities most impacted by the storm. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Texas.”
Of course, Melania Trump’s first visit to Texas was “marred” by a media obsessed with the fact that she wore high heels onto Air Force One when she accompanied her husband to Texas in the aftermath of Harvey.
Less was made of the fact that Michelle Obama didn’t accompany her husband at all in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, preferring instead to stay back in Chicago to fundraise.
She had her priorities, after all.
Just as Melania Trump and Karen Pence apparently have theirs.