Trump thanks Florida first responders for Irma work

Lawrence Cooper
September 15, 2017

"I can guarantee you this - it's going to cost billions, upon billions, upon billions of dollars", Curbelo said Monday.

The White House said first lady Melania Trump would accompany her husband, as will Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen.

Aides say that in engaging himself directly with the federal efforts, Trump hopes to avoid accusations lobbed against his two most recent predecessors of appearing disengaged or aloof during certain moments of crisis.

Walking through mobile homes ravaged by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Fla., President Trump praised first responders and residents for doing an "incredible" job on rescue and recovery.

President Donald Trump Thursday morning after landing in Florida spoke with reporters and on national television said Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, should run for the U.S. Senate - presumably challenging sitting Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, who is up for re-election next year.

His visit came as British Prime Minister Theresa May announced an extra £25 million ($33.2 million, 27.2 million euros) in aid for Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma. He toured a Houston shelter housing hundreds of displaced people and walking streets lined with soggy, discarded possessions.

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The NBA Association donated $500,000 and vowed to match any NBA player's donation up to $20,000, NBA player Chris Paul announced . Leonardo DiCaprio , Jamie Foxx , Oprah and Cher made appearances, describing the widespread devastation the storm caused.

Trump, eager to be seen as in charge of disaster response, also traveled twice to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Trump also expressed a desire to work in a bipartisan fashion before heading out to survey damage from Hurricane Irma.

This time, Trump made sure to connect with a community in recovery.

More than four million homes and businesses are still without power in Florida and neighbouring states.

"We're deadset on that", said Mr. Trump of rebuilding efforts in the Florida Keys, the hardest hit area in the state.

Firefighters and medics responding to a Wednesday emergency call in Hollywood north of Miami found three people dead inside a building whose second floor the police chief later described as "extremely hot".

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