Trump, suffering from low approval ratings, has been eager to seize the moment by engaging with the disastrous damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. But will he manage to master the delicate politics of natural disasters, which proved to be a Waterloo for the George W. Bush presidency during Hurricane Katrina?
George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Barack Obama got a bipartisan boost late in his re-election campaign for his handling of Superstorm Sandy. Now, President Donald Trump confronts the political risks and potential gains that come with leading the federal government’s response to a deadly and destructive natural disaster, reports the Associated Press. Hurricane Harvey, the massive storm that has dumped torrents of rain across Texas, flooding Houston and other cities, is the first major natural disaster of Trump’s presidency, and the scope of the damage appears likely to require a years-long federal project.