First Lady Melania Trump, Second Lady Karen Pence In Texas To Visit Harvey Responders

President Donald Trump visited Corpus Christi on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 for a briefing on Hurricane Harvey's destruction. Wochit

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First Lady Melania Trump stands with law enforcement and military personnel at the Corpus Christi International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.(Photo: Elly Dearman/Caller-Times)Buy Photo

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First Lady Melania Trump visited the Coastal Bend on Wednesday for a follow-up trip to areas that were first hit by Hurricane Harvey in August.

MORE: First lady Melania Trump, second lady Karen Pence to visit Corpus Christi, Rockport

This isn't the first time Trump has visited Corpus Christi since the storm. She and her husband, President Donald Trump, landed at the airport on Aug. 29 just days after the the Category 4 storm pummeled Aransas and Nueces counties, among others, before regathering strength in the Gulf and flooding Southeast Texas.

Trump was accompanied by Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, among others.

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First lady Melania Trump shakes hands with military personnel Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the Corpus Christi International Airport. (Photo: Casey Jackson/Caller-Times)

On the agenda is a meet and greet with locals who helped during the storm and recovery. They'll then head to Rockport to view manufactured housing and make a stop at Charlie Marshall Elementary School before heading to the Coastal Bend Food Bank.

Check back to Caller.com for updates from our team in the presidential press pool.

3:30 p.m.: Trump's plane has left the Coastal Bend.

3:11 p.m.: Trump has boarded a plan at Corpus Christi International Airport to depart.

2:57 p.m.: The group made sure to bring back french fries for the press pool.

.@flotus and @SecondLady bought the press pool @Whataburger French fries! #melaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/eVce2zaUBs

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

2:50 p.m.: The first lady is taking a chance on a Texas favorite and grabbing lunch at the fast food restaurant.

It's confirmed: @FLOTUS is indeed grabbing lunch at the @Whataburger on Old Brownsville Road. #MelaniaInTXhttps://t.co/72s2JaHSRr

— Eleanor Dearman (@CallerElly) December 6, 2017

2:46 p.m.: The first lady's motorcade has stopped at a Whataburger on Old Brownsville Road.

This wasn’t a planned stop and it’s not clear if @FLOTUS is going in for a bite to eat. https://t.co/iUd116Q8wt

— Eleanor Dearman (@CallerElly) December 6, 2017

2:40 p.m.: First lady Melania Trump, second lady Karen Pence, first lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush arrive at the Coastal Bend Food Bank in Corpus Christi.

Trump visited with Bea Hanson, executive director of the food bank, before helping stock boxes of food that are distributed to residents of Corpus Christi and surrounding communities, including Rockport, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, Bayside and Refugio.

In a leaking warehouse that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey, the visitors continued stocking food boxes. Trump worked with retired Army Major Warren Phipps who started volunteering days after the storm hit the area.

The food bank is the last stop on the presidential trip in the Coastal Bend.

.@FLOTUS tours Coastal Bend Food Bank in Corpus Christi. #MelaniaInTX@callerdotcompic.twitter.com/0qXQE6H3Ic

— Casey Jackson (@Caller_Casey) December 6, 2017

2:25 p.m.: Trump is helping to fill boxes at Coastal Bend Food Bank.

.@FLOTUS fills boxes at @CoastalBendFB with volunteer retired Army Major Warren Phipps pic.twitter.com/hlxT6Fmn0f

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

2:02 p.m.: The first lady and her group have arrived at the Coastal Bend Food Bank.

.@FLOTUS arrives at the food bank. #MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/Basq8c2gZu

— Eleanor Dearman (@CallerElly) December 6, 2017

1:15 p.m.: Now the group is checking out a poetry class at the Aransas Pass school.

.@FLOTUS, @georgepbush, @GovAbbott wife Cecilia Abbott and Second Lady Karen Pence help with poetry class in Charlie Marshall Elementary in Aransas Pass #MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/T9pj1P8jwQ

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

1:05 p.m.: Students are shaking hands with the first lady, who's visiting a few of the classrooms along with Cecilia Abbott and Karen Pence. One class is learning about the proper use of commas.

.@FLOTUS visits 4th grade writing class at Aransas Pass school #MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/xWP4mjUoEE

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

12:45 p.m.: The group is now visiting with students.

#MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/2pwNZGDqjM

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

12:35 p.m.: Motorcade arrives at Charlie Marshall Elementary School in Aransas Pass. The first room they visited was Mrs. Medina’s fourth grade class where the students were learning the difference between facts and opinions.

12:20 p.m.: Speaking from a podium with a "Texas Rebuilds" sign on display first lady Melania Trump said her husband's administration has worked with Texas Gov. Greb Abbott to ensure that resources were made available to help communities affected by the storm.

"And I know I speak for him, as well as vice president and Karen Pence when I tell you that we are with you every step of the way to help you rebuild even stronger than before," she said.

She also thanked the Zamoranos.

"I am so impressed by your positive attitudes and resilient spirit, and look forward to the progress you will make as you rebuild your home and make new memories," she said. "As we approach Christmas this holiday season, your family is an example of what it means to have hope and recognize your blessings." 

Cecilia Abbott, the governor's wife, and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush also briefly spoke about rebuilding efforts.

Bush said about 600 temporary homes have been given to people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Abbott thanked the first and second ladies for the trip and for their continued interest in the recovery efforts of Texas. Pence said it’s an honor to travel with Trump.

“(Trump) comes here to Texas with a caring heart and a true concern and compassion for all those impacted by the storm,” Pence said. “In fact, the president shares the same concern and he and his administration continue to fight for resources for the people of Texas.”

.@FLOTUS speaks #MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/2RdGsPIB4R

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

12:07 p.m.: After looking at the home that was damaged by the storm First Lady Melania Trump spoke with the Zamoranos and hugged their children. 

.@FLOTUS looks at the damaged home #MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/xaoCCkZP9x

— Eleanor Dearman (@CallerElly) December 6, 2017

11:50 a.m.: The group is surveying damage to a couple's home. The home belonged to Rosemary and Mario Zamorano. They built the home and raised their five children in it. They plan to rebuild. Next to the destroyed home is the Zamorano’s trailer provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

.@FLOTUS touring home of Rosemary and Mario Zamorano who lost their home in #Rockport#MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/cS4SXj7Kmu

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

11:38 a.m.: The motorcade is still en route to Rockport where the group will meet with a family that lost their home because of Hurricane Harvey.

11:05 a.m.: It's picture time. Before the group departed for Rockport the first lady posed for photos with local law enforcement and military personnel. It's about a 45 minute drive to Rockport, which is neighboring Aransas County.

.@FLOTUS and first responders pose for a group photo #MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/ON0kvKzKvr

— Eleanor Dearman (@CallerElly) December 6, 2017

More:Check out our Hurricane Hub for resources

More: Here is a list of businesses that have reopened post-Harvey

10:50 a.m.: The first lady is speaking with members of the military beside a Black Hawk helicopter in the airport hangar near the plane. They are with Cecilia Abbott, wife of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

.@FLOTUS speaking with @USArmy personnel near Black Hawk helicopter pic.twitter.com/yQjqjzO9BJ

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

10:45 a.m.: The first lady and second lady will meet with first responders soon. About 40-50 first responders and military personnel gathered at the Signature Hangar of the Corpus Christi airport. Several members of the U.S. Army, Corpus Christi Fire Department, Rockport Police Department and the Nueces County Sheriff's Office were in attendance.

About 45 first responders and military personnel are waiting for @FLOTUS meet-and-greet pic.twitter.com/hBSs6lwNZb

— Julie Garcia 🌊 (@reporterjulie) December 6, 2017

10:30 a.m.: The plane has landed in Corpus Christi. 

.@FLOTUS is expected to arrive shortly at the Corpus Christi International Airport #MelaniaInTXpic.twitter.com/mex6YGQ2pQ

— Eleanor Dearman (@CallerElly) December 6, 2017

10 a.m.: Law enforcement is preparing for the plane to arrive at the Corpus Christi International Airport.

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