Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma

Sheri Evans
September 15, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Florida Thursday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Irma and learn about relief efforts. They are expected to visit Fort Myers and Naples on Florida's southwestern coast.

The White House has been keen to show that Trump is on top of coordinating the federal response to hurricanes Irma and Harvey - which earlier this month flooded Houston, Texas.

His visit to Florida comes a day after at least eight patients died in a sweltering nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., that was left with limited power after Irma pounded the region.

Shortly after, first lady Melania Trump tweeted that she would accompany her husband to Florida on Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Mr Trump on the trip, promised Floridians: "We're with you today".

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.

When Trump returned to the state several days after that, he did inject himself into relief efforts, helping load boxes onto trucks and and viewing the flooding at closer range.

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Mr Trump hands out food with Melania Trump's help.

"Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me and have zero access". "What do I know but I hope this man right here. runs for the Senate", he said. "So I hope he runs for the Senate".

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.

FEMA also said it had moved 3.8 million meals and 3.4 million liters of water to states in the Southeast that were affected by the storm.

More than 5,60,000 residents across 19 counties in south and central Florida are without power, according to Florida Power and Light Department.

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 USA mainland this year.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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