Vice President Mike Pence donned a pair of work gloves and helped out with the Hurricane Harvey cleanup on Thursday at First Baptist Church in Rockport, Texas.
Pence was seen hauling away part of a downed tree, and gave a short speech assuring the people of Texas that the Trump Administration will stand alongside them until the rebuilding is complete. Pence, who was there with other members of the cabinet as well as with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, praised Abbot's leadership throughout the disaster and the resolve of the community for coming together to help each other even when they too were struggling.
Karen Pence then led a prayer.
Watch the speech here:
The U.S people will stand w/ you every day until this city, state & region rebuild bigger & better than ever before. https://t.co/mxtQi8uMlf— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 31, 2017
And here's pictures and video of Pence and Abbott clearing out tree branches.
Pence helps clean up debris from downed trees in Rockport. pic.twitter.com/ThKVmQqTM5— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Sweat dripped off Pence's face as he helped Texas's Greg Abbott haul tree debris, both in blue work gloves. No coastal breeze, roasting hot. pic.twitter.com/OjhpoGza8b— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 31, 2017
President Trump will return to Texas on Saturday, with First Lady Melania Trump. Trump announced on Thursday that he will be donating $1 million in personal funds towards the recovery effort.