Trump Backs Texas Churches in Legal Battle Over Harvey FEMA Funding
President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Texas churches seeking FEMA disaster relief funds in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” Trump wrote on Twitter late Friday. His comments came a few days after three Texas churches—Harvest Family Church, the Hi-Way Tabernacle and the Rockport First Assembly of God—sued for access to the funds, which are normally not provided to religious institutions. While Trump did not single out the three churches by name, his tweet has raised questions about whether his public endorsement will influence the case. It was not immediately clear whether his appeal would also apply to local mosques and synagogues assisting in Harvey relief efforts.