Hurricane Irma: Trump heads to Florida to see damage

  • Hurricane Irma: Trump heads to Florida to see damage

Hurricane Irma: Trump heads to Florida to see damage

Trump, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday after touring damage from Hurricane Irma on Florida's west coast, said "we've had bigger storms than this" when asked about climate change.

However, Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that local officials on the ground are doing a "great job" on power restoration. "This has been a hard situation".

They were joined by first lady Melania Trump at Naples Estates, a mobile home community for people 55 and older.

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record.

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.

The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, near where Irma first reached the U.S. mainland on Sunday, handed out sandwiches to resident at a feeding station under a blue shade pavilion.

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

It was the first time the president had offered such encouragement, though Trump acknowledged Thursday, "I don't know what he's going to do".

Trump's trip to Florida was his third in less than three weeks to the storm-ravaged South.

Trump's praise, he said, is not just for rescue workers but "includes the people who live here".

"The President and the entire administration continue to monitor the situation in Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Florida, Texas, and all areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey".

That storm killed 1,800 people around New Orleans. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.