The White House pushed back against President Donald Trump's historically low job approval numbers during Friday's press briefing. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Friday's letter, addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), said that the requested amount of $7.8 billion "would enable the affected States to address disaster response and immediate recovery needs in the areas most affected by Hurricane Harvey", including "life-saving response and recovery missions" and "addressing housing fix costs unmet by insurance; and provide low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners".
Vice president Mike Pence also visited victims in Rockport, Texas, pledging the Trump administration's support until the state "rebuilds stronger and better than before". Trump was in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday to meet with officials.
Asked what he would say to young immigrants who are awaiting his move, scared about their fate, he replied: "I think the dreamers are terrific".
Bossert also said Thursday that the initial request would be followed by larger funding packages as the extent of the damage is assessed.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter as she takes questions during a news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
But some reporters called out Trump, noting that he had not witnessed any "horror or devastation first hand".
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr Trump came under fire for repeatedly announcing charitable donations but not following through.
The White House is expected to ask Congress for around $5.9 billion in emergency aid in the wake of mega storm Harvey, which left swaths of Texas and Louisiana inundated, a U.S. government official told AFP. And it may be split among several groups doing relief work in storm-ravaged areas of Texas and Louisiana.