Former US presidents hold concert benefiting hurricane relief efforts

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"In the aftermath of these awful storms, the American people have done what we do best".

In a rare show of unity, U.S. President Donald Trump praised all five of his living predecessors on Saturday, thanking them in a video for their work helping to raise funds to aid victims of recent hurricanes.

"As we begin to rebuild, some of America's finest public servants are spearheading the One America Appeal", said Trump.

Five former U.S. Presidents, seated side by side in a packed Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M, offered their influence and still considerable star power to help hurricane survivors from Texas to Puerto Rico.

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared together onstage for the national anthem, then took their seats in the front row at the concert. "This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another". Together we will recover.

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They came together for a good cause on Saturday night, as proceeds will go toward repairing the damage caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. "The former presidents want to thank each donor who, out of the goodness of their hearts, has given of themselves in such a selfless way to help their fellow Americans".

The singer made a surprise appearance at the One America Appeal benefit concert at College Station in Texas and shared a snap of herself on Instagram standing alongside all five living former Presidents - Obama, Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

Her performance was part of the event supporting victims of recent hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and the US Virgin Islands.

Other musical performers also donating their time and talents to the concert carried live online at included Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, Alabama, and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and emcee Lee Greenwood.