Trump to donate $1 million of personal funds to Harvey relief

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders this week defended President Donald Trump's false claim that he had visited Hurricane Harvey disaster areas and had seen the devastation "firsthand".

The actualisation of the President's promise still draws a bit of skepticism owing to consistent questions Trump has faced about his personal donations since Washington Post reported a year ago that he had a poor track record of delivering on promises to give money.

However, Sanders didn't announce Trump's planned donation until a reporter asked what the Trump family plans to do in order to help Harvey victims.

He also expressed his support for emergency crews working in the devastated areas.

In Houston, firefighters conducted a block-by-block search of homes to rescue stranded survivors and recover bodies.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and first lady Melania Trump (R) receive a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts with Texas Governor Greg Abbott (2ndL) in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 29, 2017. She headed out and was picked up by a passing truck.

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"That certainly is a firsthand account", she added. "But they got out". Rising water chased some people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers.

Sanders said the president intends to return to the Southwest on Saturday to view flood damage with stops possible in Houston and Lake Charles, La. The storm is now threatening the region near the Texas-Louisiana state line.

The experience has proved to be heartbreaking for many.

"It's not my house anymore".

Eric Beech, Peter Henderson and Mica Rosenberg for Reuters News Service contributed to this article.

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