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Crosby residents relish close encounter with President Trump

May 5, 2019

When President Donald Trump spoke at the International Union of Operating Engineers Training and Education Center in Crosby on April 10, the crowd was invite-only.

State representative Briscoe Cain, whose area includes Crosby, was asked to find local residents to invite. Scott Stephens, a Crosby resident, had gotten to know Cain from working with him on a bill over the past few years. He was invited along with his wife.

Stephens was asked to invite other Crosby residents, and he invited Dan and Jen Meaux, owners of Crosby business Crawfish Shack.

All four were among the selective crowd in the room where Trump spoke about his executive orders aimed at expediting growth in the energy industry.

Dan remembers the excitement in the crowd in anticipation of the president’s arrival.

Scott was stationed in the back of the back of the room, so he got to welcome several top state officials, state senators and representatives, such as Texas Land Commissioner George Prescott Bush, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott to Crosby and show them to their seats.

The room was relatively small, so Scott estimated that, although he was in the back, he was probably only about 70 feet from the president. Melody was stationed near the front; he estimated about 15 feet from the president.

The Meauxs were even closer.

“I am a Trump fan, but the opportunity to be 5 feet away from any U.S. president is an incredible experience, so it was very exciting,” Dan said.

Scott had met former presidents, Bush Jr. and Senior before but had never met a sitting president.

“So many people were showing up and telling me about what was going on in Crosby,” Scott said. “I got to the building at noon, so none of that was going on when I got there. I was wanting to be two places at once — to see what my friends and neighbors were doing up and down (FM) 2100 and, yet, I wouldn’t have given up my place to be in that building for anything.”

While he was fully realizing the amazement and significance of being in the same room as the president, Dan was also keenly interested in what Trump was saying.

“It’s great for jobs for Texas as well as Louisiana because the more pipelines that get opened up and run, means more distribution, which means more drilling and more production, which is better for the economy, especially in the South that has lots of oil and gas exploration,” he said.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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