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Trump visits Texas with promise of help for those battered by Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - President Donald Trump assured Texans slammed by Harvey that "we are here to take care of you" and promised a "better than ever before" relief effort, as he visited the state Tuesday while rescuers continue to pull people from submerged homes.

The president anticipated success even as rains and overflowing dams fed floodwaters to the east: "We won't say congratulations. We don't want to do that," he said from a fire department in Annaville, near Corpus Christi, where he met with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the state's two senators and other officials.

"We'll congratulate each other when it's all finished," he said.

Trump seemed mindful of not repeating the famous mistake of President George W. Bush, who enthused, "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job"

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