US president to visit state where floods have killed nine but will avoid worst hit area – Houston – over fears trip could hamper relief efforts

Donald Trump is to visit Texas on Tuesday, where catastrophic floods that have already killed nine people are forecast to worsen over the next 48 hours.

Responding to the first natural disaster to test his presidency, Trump said on Monday that the cost of recovering from tropical storm Harvey would be “very expensive”, but pledged that “the federal government stands ready, willing and able to support that effort”.

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