Pres Trump, VP Pence & Several Cabinet Members Are Briefed On Hurricane Irma

Trump says US is 'prepared' to deal with Irma

President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet bowed their heads in prayer, led by Vice President Mike Pence, as they met at Camp David in Maryland.

The meeting took place at the presidential retreat in Camp David where Trump is staying for the weekend.

In a live statement given on the White House lawn, Trump told reporters that he and wife Melania will be "going to Florida very soon".

A spate of social media posts expressing hope that Hurricane Irma trashes President Trump's Palm Beach, Fla., resort is producing a backlash of disgust and criticism.

The White House said Trump's briefing included an update on Irma's status, forecasted path, evacuations and preparations for response and recovery.

Meanwhile, eastern Caribbean islands braced for another powerful storm in Jose, a Category 4 hurricane that followed in Irma's wake but was not expected to threaten the continental U.S.

"The president's been monitoring this storm 24/7", Pence said, urging residents in Irma's path to heed warnings from local officials. "He really wants to make sure that we're taking care of the people".




As many as 5.6 million people have been evacuated after Irma's landfall in Cuba.

Trump said the USA was grieving for those who were killed by Irma even before she reached the US mainland.

The President is focused on keeping in communication with the governors of the affected states so that the federal government can respond to their requests as quickly as possible, Duke said.

The second time was to share a message from Florida Governor Rick Scott and the third tweet was Trump asking Americans in affected areas to get to safety.

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 awful storms: "we will endure and come back stronger than ever before", the president said.

The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA will continue to brief Trump at least daily, she said, adding, "but he is at the touch of a dial away from us".

"Every resource of the federal government is being brought to bear to support state and local efforts", said Pence on Sunday.

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