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President Trump and the first lady met with Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston

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Updated September 02, 2017 03:11 PM EDT

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with Hurricane Harvey victims and helped hand out boxed lunches at a shelter in Houston Saturday morning.

Trump said he sees "a lot of love" in the wake of devastation left by Harvey.

They also visited a Texas church that's being used as a distribution center.

Updated September 02, 2017 12:34 PM EDT

President Trump and the first lady have landed in Houston to visit those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

President Donald Trump is headed to Texas Saturday to meet with those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

During his second visit, Trump is expected to stop in Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey the damage, talk with residents and meet with volunteers.

On Tuesday, Trump visited Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas, but stayed away from the epicenter of the damage in Houston to avoid interfering with ongoing search and rescue operations. Trump was sharply criticized as for not meeting with those displaced by the devastating flooding.

"There was a lot of high-fiving about how well this disaster was being handled even as people were on their rooftops hoping to be rescued," said David Axelrod, a top adviser to President Barack Obama. "People need to know that their president is emotionally engaged in their struggle and part of the obligation or the responsibility of a president, particularly in a media age, is to make that human connection."

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Texas Thursday and his visit stood in sharp contrast to the president's. He visited a damaged church, helped clear away storm debris and comforted storm victims.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, emphasized that Trump's visit on Saturday will focus more on meeting with victims.

"He'll have the chance to meet extensively with quite a few storm survivors, as well as talk with some of the volunteers that are helping administer a lot of the support that these individuals have needed over the last week," Sanders said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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