Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump headed to Texas and Louisiana on Saturday to meet rescuers and survivors of Hurricane Harvey, one week after the powerful storm blasted the region and unleashed historic flooding.

The trip comes after the White House asked Congress for $7.85 billion for Harvey-related “response and initial recovery efforts,” calling it a “down payment” on the long-term cost of recovering from the catastrophic flooding.

Trump and his wife Melania departed from Andrews Air Force Base outside the US capital just before 10 am (1400 GMT) enroute to Houston.

The president is returning to Texas for his second visit since the megastorm hit, and will also visit neighboring Louisiana. (AFP)

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Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La., following a visit with those helping with the impacted of Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

People hold signs near the National Guard Armory in Lake Charles, La., where President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are meeting with members of the county emergency operations center and Cajun Navy for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet Louisiana Gov. Governor John Bel Edwards, third from right, and his wife Donna, center, after arriving at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La., to meet people at a county emergency operations center dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Other greeting the Trump’s are, from left, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump walks to Air Force One at Ellington Field after meeting people impacted by Hurricane Harvey during a visit to Houston, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump speaks with troops and members of the United States Coast Guard at Ellington Field after meeting with flood survivors and volunteers who assisted in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

Residents of the Pearland, Texas area watch as President Donald Trump’s motorcade leaves the First Church of Pearland September 2, 2017 in Pearland, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop to talk with residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey in a Houston neighborhood, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump help volunteers deliver supplies to residents at a relief supply drive-thru during a visit with flood survivors and volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (L) reacts as President Donald Trump speaks at a church relief center during a visit with flood survivors and volunteers of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump poses for a selfie with an unidentified resident waiting in a relief supply drive-thru during a visit with flood survivors and volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as first lady Melania Trump looks on at a church relief center during a visit with flood survivors and volunteers of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump meet people impacted by Hurricane Harvey during a visit to the NRG Center in Houston, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump help volunteers hand out meals during a visit with flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump speak to the press while visiting Hurricane Harvey victims at NRG Center in Houston on Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump meets people impacted by Hurricane Harvey during a visit to the NRG Center in Houston, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump lifts up a little girl as he and first lady Melania Trump visit with flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump gestures as he visits with flood survivors of Hurrican Harvey at the NRG Center, in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump poses for a photo with a family at a Hurricane Relief Center where he met with flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey, in Houston, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as he and first lady Melania Trump, right, arrive via Air Force One at Ellington Field in Houston, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Ellington Field in Houston on Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump turns to look after walking up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk towards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington to board Marine One helicopter for the short flight to nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

Marine One helicopter, with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump aboard, lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington for the short flight to nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk on South Lawn of the White House in Washington before their departure to view storm damage in Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Trump visits Harvey-damaged Texas and Louisiana

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out from the White House in Washington before their departure to view storm damage in Texas, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

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