Trump on Irma: 'We've never seen anything like this'

11 September, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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       The Mar-a Lago estate is shown in November 2016 where the then president-elect spent the Thanksgiving holiday

Trump, who is slated to return to the White House later on Sunday, huddled with his Cabinet this weekend at Camp David, where he spoke to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee as the hurricane path moved away from the lower Florida Keys westward to the Gulf Coast and states to the north.

President Trump remained at Camp David Sunday, where he was monitoring Hurricane Irma and communicating with a handful of governors whose states lay in the Category 4 storm's path.

He talked to Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, where Irma made landfall early Sunday as a category 4 storm with winds up to 130 miles per hour.

Then there are those who hope Irma misses Mar-a-Lago completely, but just because they want Tropical Storm Jose - a more Hispanic-sounding name than "Irma" - to take aim at the estate. Together, we will restore, recover and rebuild.

From Texas to Louisiana, from Florida to Puerto Rico, and always the U.S. Virgin Islands, and everywhere in between that has been affected by these bad storms: "we will endure and come back stronger than ever before", the president said.

"What we're going to need is. perseverance", she said.

"It's a storm of enormous destructive power and I ask everyone on the storm path to heed all instructions".

He thanked government officials working "around the clock" to respond to the storm and urged all Americans to listen to local officials. "Property is replaceable but lives are not, and safety has to come first". The first time was to provide a list of shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

Saturday afternoon, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long warned that millions of Florida residents could be without power after the storm blows through, in some cases for weeks. "The people of South Florida, the people of the entire state should know: We are with you". Congress acted quickly to pass the $15.3 billion deal and send it to Trump, who signed it Friday after he arrived at the Maryland retreat. "He wanted to make sure we had all the resources".

"I'm in great communication with the White House and Homeland Security", Long said.



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