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Trump tweets praise for Harvey response, attacks for Mexico and NAFTA

President Trump's tweets Sunday morning focused on two main themes: praise for those responding to the chaos wreaked by Harvey, the tropical storm flooding eastern Texas, and attacks on the United States' southern neighbor, Mexico.

Harvey has been Trump's primary Twitter topic this weekend, and his Sunday posts again emphasized the storm's deadly impact:

The president announced his plan to visit Texas "as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption," and critics quickly noted Trump's censure of then-President Obama's decision not to immediately visit Louisiana flooding victims this time last year.

Mixed among the Harvey tweets were two comments on Mexico, the border wall, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has promised to renegotiate or exit:

The president also sent out one post praising a new book by controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, whom Trump called "a great guy." Clarke is known for mistreatment of prisoners and has recommended arresting up to 1 million Americans suspected of "sympathizing" with terrorists and detaining them indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay.