Hurricane Irma: Trump heads to Florida to see damage

FORT MYERS, Fla- President Trump is expected to visit SWFL on Thursday to meet with Hurricane Irma victims.

According to a White House transcript, a reporter asked: "Mr. President, the severity of these storms - the one in Florida, the one in Texas - has that made you rethink your views of climate change?" "So we did have two horrific storms, epic storms, but if you go back into the '30s and '40s, and you go back into the teens, you'll see storms that were very similar and even bigger, OK?" "This has been a hard situation".

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

Trump praised Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy and told reporters that, "for the most part, the electric is going back on", though millions of people remain in the dark.

Former FEMA chief Michael Brown told Newsmax's John Gizzi last month that Trump would be wise to be nice to the media during the coverage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which have left a trail of destruction in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.


Trump reiterated his hope that Scott runs for the Senate in 2018.

This is Trump's third visit in less than three weeks to a hurricane-damaged state.

Meanwhile, White House spokesman says that President Trump and the entire administration continue to monitor the situation in all areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

To Trump, the wall may not come in this potential deal, but he said an "understanding" about the wall in the future was paramount to getting a deal done. '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. The risk was illustrated Thursday at a nursing home in Hollywood, where eight residents died after their air conditioning stopped working.

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.

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