Texas News Is Bigger Than Trump

National Guard Rescues Houston Flood Victims

Texas News Is Bigger Than Trump

In the midst of Hurricane Harvey President Trump paid the underwater wasteland a visit to commend local officials on their “epic” reactions to the over 15 Trillion gallons of water that has poured down on the city and surrounding suburbs. There is so much water in fact that portions of Louisiana have been effected by the deluge.

While the water continues to invade Texas residents homes and businesses spirits seem somewhat lifted when Trump said “Texas can handle anything!” giving displaced families in nearby Corpus Christi home that the flood waters will recede soon.

Social Media outlets have been booming too commending and criticizing how Americans far and wide have been reacting to the floods. Small teams of Americans with boats, large trucks and Jeeps have been posting requesting trapped civilians reply with their location and they will come to help. So far over 3500 people have been rescued from the entrapment of the Texas Floods. There was even a caravan of American Civilians that rounded up their trailers and motor homes to provide as much relief as possible to the displaced Houston population. These are the commended Social Media posts. In other words … Texas News is Bigger Than Trump!

Mega Church Denies Proactive Help

Huge criticism came when Joel Olsteen of the Lakewood Christian Church did not proactively address the needs of the community by opening his almost 17,000 seat mega-church to those in need. Only after intense scrutiny did the Church and Olsteen react by saying “when all the emergency shelters are filled we will open the church’. Further scrutiny came from neighboring religious houses which stated that they were accepting any displaced Texans immediately and without question of faith. Since the negative outcry Lakewood Christian Church has not disclosed how many flood victims it has taken in however information has leaked that the Church was preparing accommodations such as food and air mattresses for those in need during the backlash.

Texas Flood Aftermath

The effect of Hurricane Harvey will last for quite some time even after the flood waters subside. The rains are expected to continue for another few days with flash flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and even up into Missouri. News outlets are doing all they can to keep the neighboring state posted on the storm status and issuing warnings as necessary. The estimated dollars in damage have not yet been disclosed but it is guaranteed to be in the Trillions. It is estimated that 80% of Hurricane Harvey flood victims do not have flood insurance leaving majority of flood victims to bear the financial burden of rebuilding. Since flood insurance is a separate policy from homeowners time will tell if relief funding will come from the Government and to what extent.

In closing our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been displaced by the largest Act Of God to hit Texas in over 100 years. If you would like to donate, here are some links.

The Salvation Army

The International Orthodox Christian Charities

The American Red Cross


Trumps Second Trip To The EU and Russia

President Trump and Vladimir Putin At The 2017 Hamburg G 20 Summit

Trumps Second Trip To The EU and Russia

President Donald Trump returned from his overseas trip to Europe. This was Trumps Second Trip To The EU and Russia.
The trip was full of action. He flew to Warsaw, Poland and gave “a major speech,” and met Polish and Baltic leaders. He then headed to Hamburg, Germany, to attend the G20 meeting.
Here are the highlights of the trip.

1. Trump and Putin first meeting.

The peak of the trip. For the first time since he won the election, Trump sat in one room with Putin. Trump and Putin discussed several issues. Most notably the allegations that Russia hacked the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.
Putin and his foreign minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Trump agreed with Russia’s dismissing it as “fake news.” They said that Trump told them some in the U.S. had “exaggerated” Russia’s ability.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who was present at the meeting said the meeting was all about how the two nations can cooperate.
However, White House officials stated that Russia’s translation of Trump’s “agreement” was not accurate. Maybe the two translators who were present misinterpreted Trump’s meaning.

2. Trump’s Speech in Warsaw’s symbolic Krasinski Square.

He gave his speech before an eager, friendly crowd who were listening to every word he said. This speech was an appetizer for the next-day G20 summit.
In the speech, the president bluntly criticized the two former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. He also blamed the U.S. intelligence community, deviating from years of tradition.
Overall, the tone of the speech was about survival of the Western civilization, and the challenges it is facing.

3. At the G20 Summit.

Trump refused to change his position on U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron were sour about his decision.
A brief incident occurred when Ivanka Trump took her father’s seat, while he was conducting a bilateral meeting with the Indonesian president. The event started a debate on social media when one of the Russian delegation posted about it on Twitter. However, the photo was quickly deleted.
At the end of the meeting, 19 nations signed the ‘irreversible’ agreement, leaving the U.S. isolated. The U.S. President, it seems, wanted to fundamentally transform the agreement in U.S. favor, but it didn’t work out for him. The pact was signed and sealed.
However, he left a backdoor for himself if he changed his mind in the future, which is unlikely. In short, Trump is Trump, and the trip didn’t make any difference.


Trump agreed to fund the United Nations’ World Food Programme with $639 million to help famine and drought-stricken countries like Yemen, South Sudan, and Somalia. Furthermore, he promised $50 million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, a World Bank fund aimed at helping women find investors, training, and putting new policies.
These efforts might paint America as a world leader again after the international community was shocked by America’s pulling out from the Paris Accord.

On a final note, Trump was greeted by and sent off by violent anti-capitalist protests that flooded the streets of Hamburg. As always, he used Twitter to thank the security forces which contained the protests, to some extent.