This time, Mr. Trump was more cautious at a meeting in a Corpus Christi firehouse with Mr. Long and with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. "We won't say congratulations," the president remarked. "We don't want to do that. We'll congratulate each other when it's all finished." Later, Mr. Trump allowed himself to observe: "It's a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before. We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now, this is the way to do it." As for Mr. Long, this media-fixated president called him "a man who has become famous on TV over the last few days," as if that fact were the highest accolade.