VPOTUS travel pool report #7: Convoy of Hope

From: Katie Leslie
Date: August 31, 2017 at 3:35:46 PM CDT
Subject: VPOTUS travel pool report #7: Convoy of Hope

On drive to first stop in Victoria, pooler observed trucks parked in middle of road with flatbeds holding crates that said "dog food" and "water."

Motorcade arrived to a church parking lot in Victoria at 2:53 PM, where VPOTUS, second lady, the Abbotts and Cabinet members met with volunteers from the Convoy of Hope, a faith based organization that on this day is providing food and water, among other supplies.

Roughly 250 volunteers are here today, one of the coordinators told VPOTUS.

They've set up shop under a red, white and blue striped tent, with large crates and boxes filled with supplies. Abbott and VPOTUS, along with Cabinet members, made small talk as they received a tour of the operation.

"This is great, so impressive" Chao told Mark Longoria, outreach pastor at Faith Family Church. Convoy of Hope is using the church's parking lot for its operations.

Longoria said having VPOTUS visit is "like a once in a lifetime deal that somebody would come to our small little town. It means a lot that our president and vice president cares about even the smallest places in our country."

The officials then addressed the crowd with Abbott saying they are the "hope for Texas and the United States."

The governor told them they are an "example of the very best of the United States of America."

VPOTUS continued to highlight the work of volunteers as he spoke to the crowd.

"Texas is inspiring America," he said, adding that he brought a message from POTUS for the volunteers. "We will be with you today, we will be with you tomorrow... and we will be with you every day until Texas recovers and rebuilds stronger and better than ever before."

VPOTUS pledged the Trump administration and federal government will see them through the recovery.

"The best days for Victoria and the best days for Texas are yet to come," he said, adding: "God bless Texas."

VPOTUS then reentered the crowd to shake the hands of volunteers.

"Everyone wants to see the vice president. They get to see me all the time," joked Rep. Farenthold.

Motorcade rolled just ahead of 3:30.

Katie Leslie
Washington correspondent
The Dallas Morning News
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