President Joe Biden visited Houston, Texas, on Friday to witness the aftermath of a sequence of winter storms that crippled the state for a number of days.
“Our prayers are with you within the aftermath of this winter storm,” Biden mentioned, vowing that the federal authorities would act as “true companions” of their restoration.
Hundreds of thousands of individuals within the state misplaced energy for days, and water pipes burst within the freezing temperatures.
“We’re in for the lengthy haul,” Biden promised, citing the federal support that he would make accessible.
Biden traveled to Houston with First Woman Jill Biden to go to with native leaders, Congressional Democrats, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn in addition to volunteers within the restoration effort.
“We’re not right here at the moment as Democrats or Republicans, we’re right here at the moment as People,” he mentioned.
Biden obtained a restoration briefing from FEMA and authorities officers and visited an area meals financial institution coordinating aid for Texans struggling the outcomes of the storm.
“We’re right here to assist, so put us to work!” Biden mentioned as he arrived. He was noticed packing canned peaches right into a field with volunteers.
Later Biden visited a FEMA coronavirus vaccination station at NRG stadium, selling the continuing battle to get People vaccinated.
He repeatedly urged People to put on their masks, socially distance, and get vaccinated once they had the prospect.
“For God’s sake put on your masks. Put on your masks. It’s not a political assertion, it’s the suitable factor to do,” Biden mentioned.
He urged Texans to have hope concerning the future regardless of the storms, the coronavirus, and the financial decline.
“Everyone’s been so down the final variety of years about what America, what can we do,” he mentioned. “America can do something.”
Biden spoke concerning the ongoing battle towards coronavirus but additionally spoke concerning the battle to beat most cancers and ship a rover to Mars.
“People no means hand over, they no means give in, they no means cry uncle, they only battle to innovate and so they protect and persevere,” he mentioned. “We’re going to get this, I promise you.”