In his address, Mr. Trump pledged that âwe will endure and come back stronger than ever before.â But in a tweet later Friday night, Mr. Trump raised concerns with a longstanding policy that prevents FEMA from providing grants to houses of worship that are damaged by hurricanes and other natural disasters.
Three Texas churches that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey filed a lawsuit this past week arguing that the policy violates their constitutional right to freely exercise their religion. FEMAâs position for years has been that the constitutional separation of church and state prevents the use of federal money to build religious institutions.
White House officials said the president had invited all of the members of his cabinet, and their spouses, to Camp David for the weekend.
Among the agenda items for the cabinet meeting, officials said, is a discussion of Mr. Trumpâs legislative agenda, including a push for an overhaul of the nationâs tax code, new investments in infrastructure, and his call for Congress to extend protections for the young undocumented immigrants known as âDreamers.â
âThe goal is that Congress makes a permanent fix and that Congress actually does their job, and that we have responsible immigration reform that takes place over these six months,â Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said on Friday.