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Pete Souza's latest Instagram reminds Donald Trump how presidents should act during disasters

06:32 EDT 30 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Pete Souza's latest Instagram reminds Donald Trump how presidents should act during disastersPete Souza wants to remind the world that not all leaders respond to natural disasters by bragging about crowd size and ratings. Sure, Donald Trump talked about those stats when he visited Texas to get briefed on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts, but as Souza highlights in a new Instagram post, the focus should on helping others. SEE ALSO: Trump is obsessed with crowds and ratings, even in flood-ravaged Texas The former White House photographer shared a photograph on Wednesday of Obama embracing a Sandy victim, comparing the former president's actions to Trump's in the caption. "At a time like this, it shouldn't be about selling baseball hats or commenting on crowd size. It's about helping our fellow Americans," he wrote. President Obama with a victim of Hurricane Sandy. There are no Democrats or Republicans hurting in Houston; there are just Americans citizens. At a time like this, it shouldn't be about selling baseball hats or commenting about crowd size. It's about helping our fellow Americans. Please consider donating to the many charities doing good work in Texas and other states to come. I am donating to the Red Cross today but please feel free to comment on other worthy charities that you would recommend to me and others. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Aug 30, 2017 at 6:17am PDT The caption is a direct reference to Trump's Tuesday trip to Texas. He and Melania (both sporting USA and FLOTUS baseball caps) stopped in Corpus Christi, where Harvey made landfall, and Austin.  There, in between discussing relief efforts, Trump took the time to marvel at crowd size and even announce that a FEMA administrator had "become very famous on television over the last couple of days." After a White House pool report noted that reporters on-site "heard no mention of the dead, dying, or displaced Texans and no expression of sympathy for them," and that "The message was services are coming and Texans will be OK," comparisons to past presidential disaster responses began. Photographs of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — all meeting with and personally consoling natural disaster victims in the past — began circulating on social media in an effort to condemn Trump's overly formal and seemingly insensitive behavior. Didn't. Meet. With. Any. Victims. pic.twitter.com/ZHVy4oZBS8 — Talia (@2020fight) August 30, 2017 #Trump during #Harvey. #Obama during Sandy. Bush during Katrina. Has anyone seen a photo of Trump with a victim in Texas? pic.twitter.com/s1jgUuNecq — Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) August 30, 2017 Barack Obama consoling hurricane victim in 2012, Donald Trump consoling hurricane victim in 2017. pic.twitter.com/BNHqSVzWtm — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) August 29, 2017 Obama wasn't US President during Katrina, but he was President when Sandy occurred. Here is Obama and Christie interactions with victims. pic.twitter.com/QGE7gdyhEN — paul hester (@Hester216P) August 30, 2017 Obama comforting a tornado victim in Joplin, Missouri. (I LOVE what the algorithms send into my feed!) Trump is crass classless & clueless pic.twitter.com/750U4uJaYO — Greg Amey (@spinfreezone) August 30, 2017 In Obama/ Christie Sandy speech, neither is wearing a hat. Hmmm pic.twitter.com/es4IJPultG — paul hester (@Hester216P) August 30, 2017 In the afternoon Souza shared another photograph of Obama greeting those affected by an F5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri back in 2011. The post was captioned with the following quote from Obama:  A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Aug 30, 2017 at 9:32am PDT If Trump really wants to Make America Great Again, he might want to take some notes from his predecessors. UPDATE: Aug. 30, 2017, 12:39 p.m. UTC Updated to include another Instagram post from Pete Souza. WATCH: Animals are being stranded by Tropical Storm Harvey


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