Trump video played at hurricane relief
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[October 23, 2017]
(Reuters) - In a rare show of unity,
U.S. President Donald Trump praised all five of his living predecessors
on Saturday, thanking them in a video for their work helping to raise
funds to aid victims of recent hurricanes.
His video statement, which commends Americans for coming together in the
wake of four hurricanes and the deadly California wildfires, was shown
at Saturday's fund-raising concert for hurricane victims organized by
the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation and former
presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush
and Barack Obama. All five attended the event, which features artists
Alabama, Lady Gaga, the Gatlin Brothers, Robert Earl Keene and others.
"The heartbreaking devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma and
Maria and Nate, along with the terrible wildfires in California, have
impacted millions of our fellow Americans," Trump said in the video. "As
a nation, we mourn for those who died, and we pray for those who lost
their homes or their livelihoods."
The former presidents formed the organization "One America" to help with
hurricane relief after the storms left devastation and death in Texas,
Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast and
Caribbean. The fund has raised more than $31 million for relief.
Obama praised Americans for working to aid neighbors after heartbreaking
natural disasters. Obama said the response to the storms showed "the
spirit of America at its best - when ordinary people step up and do
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President Donald Trump in a video message as five former U.S.
presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W.
Bush, and Barack Obama attended a concert at Texas A&M University
benefiting hurricane relief efforts in College Station, Texas, U.S.,
October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Carson
About 11,000 people attended the concert, which was livestreamed on
the One America Appeal YouTube channel, theOneAmericaAppeal.org
website and the organization's Twitter feed, said Jim McGrath, a
spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush as well as One
America and the Bush Library.
"These were grievous storms back to back," Clinton said, noting
significant work remains to be done.
Dubbed "Deep in the Heart" in a dual reference to the song "Deep in
the Heart of Texas" and the idea that Americans' compassion for
victims runs deep, the concert is taking place at Texas A&M
University in College Station, Texas.
(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein and David Shepardson; Editing by
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