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Witcover: Trump's response to Hurricane Harvey fraught with political tension

Witcover: Trump's response to Hurricane Harvey fraught with political tension

Hurricane Harvey may have wreaked havoc among thousands of Texans, but it has thrown a political lifeline to Donald Trump, handing him a much-needed opportunity to demonstrate he can play president in a time of national emergency.

The last Republican in the Oval Office, George W. Bush, initially settled for an antiseptic presidential flyover of Hurricane Katrina's assault on New Orleans 12 years ago, and was roundly criticized for it. Mr. Trump this time around made all the right moves in the current national emergency, rallying the country to a uniform humanitarian effort against nature's latest attack on millions of its citizens.

In contrast to Mr. Bush's tardy and seemingly...

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