Donald Trump has visited Texas nearly twice as much as Barack Obama in first term – mySA

In just two years, President Donald Trump has now visited Texas nearly twice as much as President Barack Obama did in his entire first term in office.

Trump’s visit to McAllen last week marked the 7th time the president has come to Texas since he took office. In his first term, Obama visited Texas four times. Obama ended up in Texas a total of 11 times over the eight years of his presidency.

Trump likely hadn’t planned to be in Texas quite so much. But tragedies have called him to the state frequently. Trump’s first two visits to Texas were because of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. He first made a stop in Corpus Christi after the storm devastated nearby Rockport. Then days later he was back, this time in Houston to get briefings and meet with storm victims.

Trump’s other stops have included fundraisers, the National Rifle Association’s Convention in Dallas and a campaign rally to support U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election in Houston.

Thursday’s visit was Trump’s first to the Texas border since he was elected, but it wasn’t his first trip there. In 2015, Trump visited Laredo while he was still on the campaign trail.

President Donald Trump’s trips to Texas

Aug. 29, 2017, Corpus Christi — Days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Trump meets with disaster response officials and surveys damage from the air.

Sept. 2, 2017, Houston — Trump tours Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction.

Oct. 25, 2017, Dallas — Trump receives a hurricane recovery update at Dallas Love Field, then attends a fundraiser for the Trump Victory Campaign.

May 4, 2018, Dallas — Trump attends the NRA’s annual meetings and convention in Dallas

May 31, 2018, Houston and then later Dallas — Trump attends fundraising luncheon in Houston for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, then travels to Dallas for another fundraising event for national Republicans.

Oct. 22, 2018 Houston – Trump holds a rally at the Toyota Center to support U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election.

Jan. 10, 2019 McAllen – Trump visits the border