“If I get with the president, I don’t know that I’ll have the opportunity to meet him. I intend to talk about Harvey,” Green said in an interview on Friday.
Rep. Al Green (D-TX), who has brought forward articles of impeachment against President Trump, seems to no longer be concerned with impeaching Trump because of president’s performance thus far in handling the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
CNN’s John Berman asked Green, who represents a district includes most of southwestern Houston, what he thinks of Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey.
“He came to Texas, I credit him for doing that,” Green said. “I think it was important that he come. I’m told that he’s coming to Houston. I think it’s important that he do this as well.”
Green continued: “I want him to come to Houston with a commitment of dollars, to say that ‘we are going to produce X amount of dollars for you.’ It’s important for people to know help is on the way.”
Trump is requesting “an initial $5.95 billion in emergency relief funding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.”
Berman followed up by asking Green if he will pause his calls for impeaching Trump to make sure the Harvey recovery efforts are taken care of first.
“I think it’s a fair question,” Green responded. “The president and I have a common constituency and we’ve got to help our constituency.”
Green then told Berman that he had never given a timeline for impeaching Trump, and that his number one priority is making sure Houston gets the help it needs – not impeaching Trump.
“It does make it sound though, for at least the time being, you are going to talk about Harvey a lot more than anything else, correct?,” Berman asked.
“If I get with the president, I don’t know that I’ll have the opportunity to meet him. I intend to talk about Harvey,” Green responded, suggesting that, at least for now, impeachment talk is off the table.
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