Hurricane Irma: Trump warns Florida to prepare for 'enormous destructive power'

Marie Harrington
September 11, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet gathered at Camp David on Saturday for an update on Hurricane Irma, which is fast approaching the state of Florida.

Yesterday, Trump hosted a meeting with the entire Cabinet at Camp David, during which they were briefed on the hurricane.

When asked what worries him most about the storm, Trump said "just the power of this hurricane", adding that his team will continue to monitor its path and work on coordination between the federal, state and local governments. Irma has forced millions of residents to leave their homes in one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history.

Irma "is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential", Trump said in his weekly address.

The meeting took place at the presidential retreat in Camp David where Trump is staying for the weekend.

Pence said Trump, who was returning to the White House later Sunday, has been tracking the storm "24/7".

President Trump and Vice President Pence joined by First Lady Melania Trump Mrs. Karen Pence and members of the Cabinet participate in a video teleconference with FEMA to discuss Hurricane Irma's projected track up the gulf coast of Florida
Hurricane Irma: Trump warns Florida to prepare for 'enormous destructive power'

From Texas to Louisiana, from Florida to Puerto Rico, and always the U.S. Virgin Islands, and everywhere in between that has been affected by these awful storms: "we will endure and come back stronger than ever before", the president said.

A White House official said that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were keeping people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in their prayers, and encouraged everyone to listen to local authorities, reported the Washington Examiner.

Earlier, Trump's homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said that he had spoken to Pentagon and State Department officials and insisted they were prepared to tackle Irma response efforts quickly.

The President, who remained largely quiet on Twitter Saturday, tweeted a video of Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Florida Governor Scott said he spoke with Trump on Sunday morning. So we need to simplify the tax code, reduce taxes very substantially on the middle class, and make our business tax more globally competitive. Again, we've never seen anything like this. "And as I've been saying, paperwork and money's not going to get in the way of us mobilizing and saving lives". Together, we will restore, recover and rebuild.

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