Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Donald Trump visits Florida to see Hurricane Irma devastation

Donald Trump visits Florida to see Hurricane Irma devastation

Earlier in his one-day visit to Florida, Trump also lauded state and federal officials for their preparation and response to the hurricane. Marco Rubio (R). But Rubio appeared to cringe and grimace slightly when Trump tried to touch his shoulder. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do". Trump said then, "if they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly". "But I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate". "But if you go back into the '30s and '40s, and you go back to the 'teens, you'll see storms that were very similar and even bigger".

Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence offered sandwiches and bananas to trailer-home residents in Naples Estates, a community for people 55 and older that was surrounded by piles of storm-torn trees, pieces of trailers and furniture.

It was Mr. Trump's third visit to storm-ravaged parts of the United States in the past few weeks after two major hurricanes, and he again praised the federal government's performance.

Irma, which slammed into Florida over the weekend, was one of the most powerful storms to ever crawl out of the Atlantic. In Texas, Hurricane Harvey had left the Houston area deluged by rising flood waters.

The President has a special connection to the state because of his beloved Mar-a-Lago club, and he told locals: "I just want to tell you that we are there for you 100%".

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

"We're deadset on that", said Mr. Trump of rebuilding efforts in the Florida Keys, the hardest hit area in the state. 'Not an expert, but are stiletto heels the best footwear for a disaster zone?' another quipped, as more than 5,000 people shared the post.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday.

Thomas reported from Washington.

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