UPDATED 12:55 PM PT – Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Joe Biden is set to visit Texas on Friday in the wake of extreme weather which has devastated the state.
Pres. Biden and First Lady Jill will visit Houston, Texas, on Friday following a major winter storm and power grid failure that put the entire state at a standstill. pic.twitter.com/VKrDDvaikD
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) February 23, 2021
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will meet with local leaders to discuss relief and recovery efforts, as well as “the incredible resilience shown by the people of Texas.” Biden approved a major disaster declaration in Texas over the weekend, amid widespread outages which left millions without power.
Tonight, I called Governor Greg Abbott to discuss the ongoing situation in Texas and identify ways we can support the state’s recovery from this storm. I made clear to the Governor that I’ll work relentlessly to get his state what they need. pic.twitter.com/UBwH8DMep2
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 19, 2021
“He wants to go and show his support,” Psaki stated. “He also is fully aware of the footprint of a president of the United States and everything that comes with that, traveling to a disaster area.”
The White House said Biden has been in close contact with state and local officials in Texas to monitor recovery efforts. He is also planning to visit a health care center where COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed.