POOR EXCUSE: Biden Says He Couldn’t Reach Texas Officials After Hurricane Beryl Hit

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President Joe Biden and his aides claimed that they had a tough time reaching Texas authorities to arrange for the distribution of federal aid following the landfall of Hurricane Beryl—a situation exacerbated by the fact that Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, is currently on an economic development trip to Asia.

The president himself called in to the Houston Chronicle Tuesday to grouse about the situation, saying that it took until Tuesday afternoon until he could connect with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and get him to formally request the emergency manpower and supplies, which would then allow the White House to release the aid.

The governor’s office did not respond to the Houston Chronicle’s request for comment, but Patrick denied there had been any delay at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “I was easy to find,” Patrick said. “But the truth is, before you can ask for a declaration you have to go meet with people in the impacted areas to see what’s needed and the level of need.” More than a million people remain without power in the state as of Tuesday evening.

Read more at the Houston Chronicle.


  1. Yeh, I know that feeling. When I need it most, my cellphone refuses to work. It could be the phones in the white house weren’t working that great, or the reception was shoddy. Cool. It happens to me all the time. Joe is always there for us, fighting on our behalf. He truly cares about us. I feel it.


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