Hurricane Harvey Presents Major Stress Test For Trump Administration

Trump Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Font Size:

Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to develop into a “major hurricane” by the time it makes landfall on Friday, will be a major stress test for the Trump White House.

The hurricane will present a new challenge for the Trump administration, which to date has only dealt with political crises and not natural disasters.

In a rare pair of tweets Thursday morning, influential news aggregator Matt Drudge said that the incoming hurricane will present a serious challenge for the Trump administration.

Drudge noted in one tweet that Harvey signals “It’s about to get real” for Trump.


“TX coast big winds. Slow moving landfall, biblical rains to urban Houston. Giant test for Trump admin and new govt efficiency,” Drudge added in a follow-up, asking: “Is he ready?”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that President Trump has been receiving briefings on the hurricane’s developments and “stands ready to provide resources as needed.”

Trump later tweeted out a video showing him meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials and encouraged Americans in the hurricane’s path to plan ahead.

A forecast from the National Hurricane Center released Thursday morning “calls for Harvey to reach major hurricane strength by 36 hours, before it reaches the middle Texas coast.”

If, as expected, Harvey grows into a Category 3 hurricane, it will be the first hurricane of that size to make landfall in the U.S. since 2005.

This article has been updated with additional information