The Latest: Trump says cash for Harvey recovery coming soon

Texas National Guard soldiers from 636 BSB are assisting with rescue operations in flooded areas.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's response to Hurricane Harvey (all times EDT):

4:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump says federal cash for storm-ravaged areas in Texas and elsewhere will arrive quickly.

He says to people suffering from Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding that "You're going to have what you need and it's going to go fast."

Trump adds that he's spoken with members of Congress and "everybody feels for" people in the storm's path.

The storm has dumped historic amounts of rain on areas in and around Houston, which continues to flood. Deaths have been blamed on Hurricane Harvey, the first major natural disaster of Trump's presidency.

4:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is sending a message of support to people of Texas and Louisiana suffering from historic rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

He says in an East Room press conference Monday that "We are 100 percent with you."

Trump adds: "We will get through this. We will come out stronger and believe me we will be bigger, better, stronger than ever before."

The president is sending the message of reassurance to people in the path of the storm, its massive rainfall and devastating floods. It's the first major natural disaster of Trump's presidency.

Trump is expected to visit the region beginning Tuesday.

4:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump says protecting American lives is his top priority as Harvey continues to pound the U.S. Gulf Coast.

He says in an East Room press conference Monday that "every asset" he can muster is at the disposal of local officials in Houston and other areas suffering under historic rainfall and flooding. Several deaths have been blamed on the storm.

Trump adds that "there's probably never been anything like" the storm and that "recovery will be a long and difficult road."

Hurricane Harvey is the first major natural disaster of Trump's presidency. Trump is expected to visit the region Tuesday.