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President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump pledged '100 percent' support for Texans affected by Tropical Storm Harvey


Speaking from the East Room of the White House Monday, President Donald Trump pledged "100 percent" of the federal government's support to Texans as they battle the chaos wrought by Tropical Storm Harvey.

"We will get through this," Trump added. "We will come out stronger and -- believe me -- we will be bigger, better, stronger than ever before."

In the joint press briefing with President Sauli Niinistö of Finland, Trump declared "there's probably never been anything like" Harvey.

The storm has dumped historic amounts of rain on flooded areas in and around Houston, and looks poised to continue on to Louisiana.

As a result, Trump said, "the federal governing stands ready, willing and able."

Addressing people suffering from Harvey and the resulting flooding, Trump implied more federal aid arriving imminently, saying "you're going to have what you need, and it's going to go fast."

Officials in Texas have said at least eight people appear to have died as a result of the storm, The Washington Post reports.

Having declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, Trump said the United States' priority was ensuring the safety of those on the ground.

"The most important thing is the safety and security of those now in harm's way," Trump said. "Protecting the lives of our people is my highest priority."

"Every asset in my command is at the disposal of local officials."

Trump plans to travel to Texas early Tuesday morning. He may also return to the area on Saturday, he said.

"We're praying for you, we're working closely with your leaders and officials and I will be visiting the impact ground tomorrow," Trump said.

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