Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma

Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma

Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma

Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighboring states.

Trump seems to be backpedaling on comments Wednesday, when he suggested rates could go higher for rich people.

Hurricane Irma slammed into Southwest Florida last weekend, destroying buildings and snapping trees after causing more extensive damage on the Florida Keys.

US President Donald Trump talks to the media about Hurricane Irma next to first lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn the White House upon their return to Washington from Camp David, September 10, 2017.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, center, and Gov Rick Scott- R Fla., right, participate in a briefing on the Hurricane Irma relief efforts, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Ft. "We are there for you 100 percent", he said, adding, "this is a state that I know very well".

For Trump, the trip Thursday is yet another visit to a disaster area. In Florida, where Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is running for re-election next year, Trump has already encouraged Scott to challenge the incumbent.

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. "So I hope he runs for the Senate".

While in Naples, Trump will spend around an hour meeting with those impacted by Hurricane Irma, according to the administration.

President Donald Trump is heading to Florida to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

He'll be stopping in Ft.

It was Trump's third such trip after a historic pair of late-summer storms made landfall seven months into his term.

On his second visit, to Texas and Louisiana, he was more hands-on. Myers and Naples on the southwestern coast.

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".

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