Alejandro Baños

After landing of Hurricane Beryl in Texas – which has led to a death toll of eight in the United States, 18 in total if the death toll in the Caribbean countries is included -, President Joe Biden has responded to requests from state authorities and a major disaster declaration has been issued for the damage caused by the weather phenomenon.

“I spoke with the Lieutenant Governor of Texas today Then Patrick and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell,” Biden said in a statement. “During the call, I raised the need for an emergency and immediately approved a major disaster declaration for the damage caused by the hurricanethat swept across the Texas Gulf Coast and Houston yesterday.”

However, Texas was not happy with Biden’s decision and it was assessed as follows: political opportunismas Lt. Governor Patrick stated, “I am disappointed that President Biden turns Hurricane Beryl into a political issue. We had a heartfelt conversation today that ended with him granting my request for a major disaster declaration. But that’s not good enough for him. He wrongly accused me of being unreachable. He clearly didn’t know that his own FEMA employees were standing next to me for three days! All he had to do was call them and have them give me their phones. I even took a picture with them!”

Biden’s statements were also critical Greg AbbottThe governor of Texas accused the president of never contacted him to hear firsthand about the damage caused by the hurricane: “Biden’s memory is failing him again. He didn’t call me once during Beryl.”

Hurricane Beryl has caused immense property damage – as well as deaths and injuries – as it tore through Texas. As reported by AFP, nearly two million users experienced power outagesTemperatures reached 41°C and wind gusts of over 130 km/h were recorded.