With last year’s hurricane season being as devastating as it was, the Trump administration has placed a special emphasis on the upcoming 2018 hurricane season. President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a large number of cabinet members were briefed at FEMA headquarters to discuss this year’s hurricane season.
“We’ve never experienced so many large-scale disasters in such a short period of time,” said Trump, referring to last year. The aim for this year is for “maximum preparation for rapid response” which will be “best achieved when federally supported and locally executed.”
Trump also made sure to extend his gratitude to the Coast Guard for their hurricane relief efforts. “I don’t think the Coast Guard gets enough credit,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence praised the reaction and support provided by the federal government to the hurricanes in 2017 and is confident for similar support to hurricanes this year.
“We are prepared, just as we were last year, with those historic and unprecedented hurricanes,” said Pence. “Mr. President, I know you well and I know you have no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people.”
This was also the first time in over a month that Melania Trump attended a public event. Earlier this week, she made an appearance at a closed-door White House event for Gold Star military families.
Trump made sure to acknowledge his wife’s presence at the briefing, saying she “went through a little rough patch, but she’s doing great. We’re very proud of her, she’s doing a fantastic job as first lady.”
“The people love you,” he added. “The people of our country love you.”
See what else Trump had to say about FEMA in the video below.