Just like his response to every other crisis and tragedy America has endured since Donald Trump became president, the commander in chief’s response to Texas’ Hurricane Harvey has been disappointing and weak. Trump’s response is actually so inadequate that a Hurricane Katrina Military Director recently blew up during an interview on CNN, blasting Trump for his lack of leadership.
Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore (Ret.) was responsible for coordinating the armed forces’ response to Katrina, and has been completely shocked by what he’s seen from the Trump administration in response to the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. While in Houston, Honore spoke with Erin Burnett and stressed that while “a lot of citizens hanging on by the thread of their life,” Trump’s response has been “amateur hour.” Burnett asked Honore “What worries you about tonight?”
Honore made sure to stress how devastating the situation was:
That night’s coming. We’ve got a lot of citizens out there who are hanging on by the thread of their life. Twelve years ago today I arrived in New Orleans, post-Katrina.”
Noting that things have changed since then, Honore said:
The federal government took their hand off it to go off and fight terrorism, and now, each time we have a Sandy or now a Harvey, the solution is different, it’s cooked locally by the state.
I know I’m sounding critical, but if we don’t talk about this now, there comes upon a time when the mission is too big for the state National Guard and they need to get the hell over it and bring the big dogs in when you’ve got a big mission.
This whole operation didn’t have the scale. They need to stop patting each other on the back while there’s poor people still out here waiting to get rescued.”
Then, he ripped Trump apart:
The American people have put too much confidence in us. We’ve been too successful overseas deploying to come out and amateur hour and incrementally deploy the force. You gotta come in big and you’ve got to be there right at the edge of the storm so you can come in and rescue people.”
You can watch Honore rip Trump to shreds below:
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