Trump Team in Fort Myers, Naples to Support, Praise Florida
Sep 16, 2017, 00:58
"We love the people of Florida", Trump told reporters, "and we're going to help". "We appreciate you being so understanding", he said. "This has been a hard situation".
Trump's visit came the day after police in Hollywood, Florida, launched an criminal investigation into a nursing home where eight patients died after the facility lost power and continued to operate with little or no air conditioning in sweltering heat. Careful consideration was given to how Trump can visit the disaster zone and meet with first responders without getting in the way of recovery efforts.
Millions of residents are still without power and more than one hundred thousand people are living in shelters.
The president and first lady touch down in Fort Myers as Mr. Trump greets Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and FEMA administrator Brock Long on the airport tarmac. "But I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate".
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.
This is Trump's third visit in less than three weeks to a hurricane-damaged state.
On Twitter, Mr Trump said that first responders had been "great" but he warned there was "much work to do".
Having left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys at the weekend and made its way up the Gulf Coast before dissipating.
That storm killed 1,800 people around New Orleans.
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. 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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