Trump to visit the disaster that Hurricane Irma left behind

Esther Moore
September 15, 2017

President Trump will travel to Florida on Thursday to survey the damage from Hurricane Irma, the White House said.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump said he is leaving for Florida to meet first responders and Coast Guards, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and others, as they continue to deal with what the president described "a real disaster".

Hurricane Irma has slammed into southwest Florida, threatening to bring risky storm surges to coastal areas, already battered by the hurricane's powerful winds. Myers and Naples on the southwestern coast.

Trump will be joined by First lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence.

Trump traveled twice to Texas in the wake of that storm and now looks set to visit Florida. We're with you today.

The White House had previously teased plans for Trump to visit Florida but said any trip would not be finalized until the situation there had stabilized to the point that a presidential visit would not add undue stress to local authorities.

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Afterward, the White House was mainly pleased with the trip, though some aides grumbled that he'd missed an opportunity to show more compassion as hundreds of thousands of Americans faced uncertain futures.

Visiting Texas a few days after Trump, Pence took a more active approach, clearing downed tree branches in a sweat-soaked shirt and leading a prayer circle at a damaged church. But even then, there were some discordant moments, like when he urged relief workers to "have a good time" in Houston.

"What do I know, but I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate", Trump said in Fort Myers. "So I hope he runs for Senate".

The death toll from Irma stood at 81, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the US mainland this year.

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