President Trump To Visit Florida This Week Following Irma

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President Trump To Visit Florida This Week Following Irma

President Donald Trump is praising the recovery efforts in Florida before departing for the state to survey hurricane damage from Irma.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders previously said that Trump would visit Florida today, but she declined to say where specifically the president would be going.

President Donald Trump returns a salute as he and first lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One prior to receiving a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Fort Myers, Florida, on September 14.

According to The Hill, the Federal Aviation Administration posted a travel advisory Tuesday that covers Fort Myers, a step that typically proceeds a presidential visit. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, remain without power. Trump tweeted Wednesday that he planned to meet "with our great Coast Guard, FEMA and numerous courageous first responders & others".

Almost half of Florida was engulfed by Irma, which left flooded streets, damaged homes and displaced residents in its wake.

Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running fully after Florida suffered its worst hurricane hit in a decade.

He added, "we have the largest assembling of human beings ever for power and rapidly it's being turned on, so were very happy with that".

The president also used the opportunity to encourage Scott to run for the Senate.

In another tweet, Trump said he is fascinated to watch people writing books and major articles about him despite not knowing about him.

"I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate", Trump said.

Assisted by First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the president put on a pair of gloves and handed sandwiches and bananas to residents.

Greeting storm victims in Naples, Trump offered "100 percent" support to the people of Florida, calling them "special, special people and we love them".

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