US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on February 23.  Photo: AFP

Biden upcoming Texas ice disaster assessment


President Biden is scheduled to visit Texas on February 26, a week after the state was hit hard by an unusually cold spell.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Houston, Texas’ most populous city, during this survey, according to the White House. The visit came after Texas experienced an unusually cold spell caused by a blizzard, resulting in power outages and extensive water loss that left dozens of people dead in the cold.

After the disaster, Biden kept in remote contact with state and local leaders, but did not want to go to Texas too soon because of fears that it would waste local resources while the state was gathering people , the power of crisis response.

“Every time the president goes to a city, he comes with a long entourage,” he told reporters last week.

US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on February 23. Image: AFP

After announcing the plans for the visit, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the US President would “meet with local leaders to discuss this year’s winter storm, relief measures, recovery progress. the incredible clothes and stamina that the people of Houston and Texas have shown.

“The president will also visit a Covid-19 medical center, which is distributing vaccines in Texas,” Psaki said.

Psaki said the White House will soon release more details about the trip. Over the weekend, Biden declared a state of disaster to more than 100 counties in Texas at the request of Governor Greg Abbott. This statement allows Texas to receive a range of federal assistance to respond to a disaster.

Last week’s blizzard caused billions of dollars in damage across Texas. Millions of people live in shortages of electricity and clean water amid icy weather for many days. State officials say it can take weeks or months to fully assess the human and property damage in the disaster.

Hong Hanh (Follow Texas Tribune)

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