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Trump is heading to Houston and Louisiana to visit Harvey victims again

President Trump will make a second trip Saturday to observe the damage done by Hurricane Harvey and to meet with the storm's victims, the White House announced Friday.

This time, Trump will visit Houston as well as Lake Charles, Louisiana. "All American hearts are with the people of Texas and Louisiana," he said Saturday in his weekly radio address, praising the region's "spirit of love, determination, and resolve" to rebuild in the aftermath of Harvey.

The president's first Texas visit Tuesday was criticized for its self-congratulatory tone and focus on the logistics of federal responses to Harvey flooding rather than the suffering of those affected by the catastrophic floods. "There was a lot of high-fiving about how well this disaster was being handled even as people were on their rooftops hoping to be rescued," said former Obama administration adviser David Axelrod, panning Trump's lack of apparent "human connection" in his Tuesday appearances.