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Trump Touts Administration Response to Harvey, But Worst Is Yet to Come

A driver works his way through a maze of fallen utility poles damaged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Taft, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Donald Trump sought to preempt the media response to his handling of hurricane relief in a series of tweets early this morning that touted his administration’s efforts to deal with the storm.

This is fine as far as it goes. But, as Mashable points out, the president sounded something of a discordant note during the crisis.

It’s gotten so bad, in fact, that the National Weather Service issued a warning to Houston residents at 4:16 a.m. ET: if the highest floors in your home become uninhabitable, take refuge on the roof rather than your attic.

Trump’s tweet came several hours later, though it wasn’t the first tweet of the day from a president who woke up to a devastating natural disaster. Roughly 20 minutes before Trump’s Harvey-related tweet — which, you should note, makes no mention of the situation in Houston at all — he tweeted this…

Clarke is a controversial figure in the law enforcement community, often getting a mention in the same breath as the former sheriff, Joe Arpaio, whom Trump recently — and controversially — pardoned. As with the pardon, the weather disaster provides Trump with cover as he boosts divisive personalities.

Not much cover, mind you. Ever-attentive Twitter users spotted Trump’s pro-Clarke tweet and called out the highly questionable timing.