Pres. Trump in Fla. to Meet With Victims of Hurricane Irma

US President Donald Trump says devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater than anyone expected

For Trump, the visit to Fort Myers and Naples along Florida's battered southwestern coast offered him the chance to see how people were coping and how the Federal Emergency Management Agency was responding.

Almost all of the state of Florida has been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday in Florida and neighboring states.

"The president's action during these times demonstrate why he's a true leader who can bring the country together and get things done for the American people", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Tuesday's press briefing after announcing Trump's planned travel.

Irma made landfall in Puerto Rico and Florida early Saturday morning as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds.

"We are with you today, we are going to be with you tomorrow and we will be with you rebuilding Florida bigger and better", Pence said. "It's encouraging, and on behalf of all Floridians - we appreciate the support and constant collaboration".




"If we don't have the wall", he added, "we're doing nothing".

Trump, standing alongside Scott and other Florida officials, said he knows that "at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end".

Scott hasn't decided on a future Senate campaign. "So I hope he runs for the Senate", Trump said.

Trump is touring the storm damage in Florida, where many remain swamped and without electricity.

The President and the First Lady made two trips to Texas last month in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He saw little damage and offered few expressions of concern.

The first lady says she's set to meet with FEMA and "people affected by #HurricaneIrma", tweeting out a video as she lifts off from the South Lawn en route to Joint Andrews air force base. He visited Texas and Louisiana after Harvey struck.

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