Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Trump praises people of Florida for their 'unbelievable spirit'

Seniors fight post-hurricane heat with Popsicles, compresses Visiting Florida, Trump Praises 'Incredible' First Responders, State Officials
Howard Terry | 16 September, 2017, 00:56

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

Nevertheless, the president said he is convinced forward progress to restore power in Florida's 90-plus-degree weather is unprecedented. "We're going to be with you tomorrow", Trump said.

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

Trump donned gloves before handing out food, but one reportedly ripped, prompting The Donald to tell the traveling press pool, "they're too small".

Nevertheless, millions of residents in Florida remained without power on Friday, a unsafe scenario amid high temperatures in the state.

After Harvey struck Texas, Trump drew criticism for having minimal interaction with residents during his first trip in late August.

Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence offered sandwiches and bananas to trailer-home residents in Naples Estates, a community for people 55 and older that was surrounded by piles of storm-torn trees, pieces of trailers and furniture. On the tarmac of the Fort Myers airport, he encouraged the state's governor, Republican Rick Scott, to challenge Florida's Democratic senator when his term expires.

Trump's trip to Florida was his third in less than three weeks to the storm-ravaged South. "We are there for you 100 percent", he said, adding, "this is a state that I know very well".

Mr. Trump told the guests gathered in the State Dining Room that the White House was "a place that I've grown to love and respect".

He later met with local officials and first responders in Fort Myers and Naples to hear of the impacts of Hurricane Irma firsthand. He toured a Houston shelter housing hundreds of displaced people and walked streets lined with soggy, discarded possessions.

The hurricane has killed more than 55 people in total.

"We're deadset on that", said Mr. Trump of rebuilding efforts in the Florida Keys, the hardest hit area in the state. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.

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