White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that the "specific cities and locations are still being finalized" but that Houston and Lake Charles were likely stops. Ivanka, the president's daughter and advisor, wore a dress from her own brand during the 2016 Republican National Convention, and Donald Trump has hosted campaigns at his hotels. Earlier this week, his 2020 political committee blasted out emails and texts to more than 10 million supporters encouraging people to donate to Harvey efforts.
Sanders said the president will accept suggestions from the media and the public about which organizations to support. In January of 2016, then-candidate Trump pledged to give $1 million to veterans charities, but it wasn't until reporters pressed him months later that most of the money was doled out.
The White House confirmed that President Trump will return to Texas on Saturday for a second look at the damage.
In one high-profile example previous year, he failed to give a promised $1 million of his own money - plus another $5 million he said he'd raised - to veterans' organizations until reporters asked questions months later about who had received the charity.
According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Trump "continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives".