Democrats would be quick to criticize President Donald Trump's performance following Hurricane Harvey's devastation even if he took extreme measures, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday.
"If Donald Trump got a drinking straw and personally sucked every drop of water out of the flood zones of Houston, the Democrats would say that he didn't put the water back in the right place," Huckabee told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "There is nothing he is ever going to do to satisfy the critics who hate him and want him out of the office."
The president, though, has demonstrated leadership by coordinating with state and local officials, who are the ones responsible for making decisions on the ground, said Huckabee.
"He has a support role and he has played that very well, and he has had great communications with Democrat governors in Louisiana, Democrat mayors in Houston, as well as Republicans," said Huckabee. "This has not been a party issue. This has been a human-life issue. Saving people, rescuing people, getting them help. But he will never satisfy those who just hate him more than they love the victims of that hurricane."
Trump's critics have said he has not been showing empathy to the massive storm's victims, but Huckabee pointed out Tuesday's visit was largely for him to meet with officials.
"He did not want to go to Houston for the obvious reason his presence there would have disrupted an enormous amount of emergency efforts to save people's lives," said Huckabee. "I think that is showing empathy. He is scheduled to go back this weekend and go to Houston and to be able to see those victims and put his arms around them. So this is the early stage of what is going to be a very, very long recovery for the people who are affected by these floods."
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