March 24, 2018

Trump heads to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

16 September 2017, 12:56 | Rufus Hill

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Donald Trump has visited communities torn up by Hurricane Irma in Florida - handing out food to families whose homes were destroyed by the storm.

Nevertheless, the president said he is convinced forward progress to restore power in Florida's 90-plus-degree weather is unprecedented. But referring to those who did perish in the storm as "such a small number" is more than a little callous, and probably something you would have never heard any of his predecessors say, considering they knew how to speak. "This has been a hard situation".

President Trump visited Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday to assess the damage after Hurricane Irma.

Speaking to first responders in Florida, Trump thanked them for their work after Irma.

Irma, which slammed into Florida over the weekend, was one of the most powerful storms to ever crawl out of the Atlantic.

The President and the First Lady made two trips to Texas last month in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do". On the tarmac of the Fort Myers airport, he encouraged the state's governor, Republican Rick Scott, to challenge Florida's Democratic senator when his term expires. It was Trump's third trip in less than three weeks to the South to survey storm damage.

Upon arrive Trump will receive a briefing on Irma relief efforts before heading to the Naples area to meet with hurricane victims.

On his second visit, to Texas and Louisiana, he was more hands-on.

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

That storm killed 1,800 people around New Orleans.

It barreled into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 130mph (215kph) before plowing up the Gulf Coast of the state and dissipating. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.

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