Trump leaves for storm-ravaged Florida to assess damage

Jonathan Hernandez
September 15, 2017

Trump's praise, he said, is not just for rescue workers but "includes the people who live here".

The president also used the opportunity to encourage Scott to run for the Senate.

Trump pledged to come back to Florida "numerous times".

"Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me and have zero access". Bill Nelson next year.

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Florida Thursday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Irma and learn about relief efforts. "But I know that at a certain point it ends for you, and we can't let it end", Trump said. "So I hope he runs for the Senate".

The president tells reporters at the White House that "power is being turned on rapidly", and the state's leaders and emergency responders are doing an "amazing job" in helping the state respond to the massive storm.

The White House said Trump will visit Fort Myers in southwest Florida, one of the hardest-hit areas, for a briefing on Irma before traveling south to Naples to meet with local residents affected by the storm.

His trip to Florida follows two earlier outings in which Trump reviewed Harvey recovery efforts in late August.

"The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but fantastic people working hard!" the president said in a Tweet on Tuesday. In striking a deal with Democrats last week, Trump secured billions of dollars in federal disaster relief funding, though the affected states will ultimately require exponentially more help down the road.

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It is the third trip that Trump has made in response to a hurricane striking the southern United States. In recent weeks, he's traveled to Texas and Louisiana to meet with victims and first responders after Hurricane Harvey. Trump tweeted Wednesday that he planned to meet "with our great Coast Guard, FEMA and numerous fearless first responders & others".

The president monitored Irma over this past weekend from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

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