Trump to visit Florida on Thursday to survey Irma damage

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U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Florida Thursday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Irma and learn about relief efforts.

"I just wanted to talk to my people from FEMA, I wanted to look them in the eyes", Trump said.

Hurricane Irma has slammed into southwest Florida, threatening to bring unsafe storm surges to coastal areas, already battered by the hurricane's powerful winds.

The president could not resist injecting a political flavour into his visit, telling reporters in Fort Myers that he was hopeful that Mr Scott, a two-term Republican, would run for the Senate, where Democrat Bill Nelson is up for re-election next year.

Trump, eager to be seen as in charge of disaster response, also traveled twice to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. "We've seen you enough".

First lady Melania Trump will also make the trip.




Other elements of his first trip to Texas struck an awkward tone: the first lady's stiletto heels, worn while boarding Marine One at the White House, drew widespread backlash on social media, and Trump's comments to a gathering of supporters - "what a great turnout!" - were more valedictory than comforting. White House officials acknowledged that assuming the "comforter in chief" role was harder than it appears on television. Officials said it could take at least 10 days to fully restore power.

Mr Trump hands out food with Melania Trump's help. "So I hope he runs for the Senate", Mr Trump said.

"Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me and have zero access". But I know at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end.

Mainly, however, he sought to highlight the work of federal, state and local agencies, which have received praise for their coordination amid trying circumstances. Many communities are still cleaning up or without power or air conditioning.

Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, has so far killed at least 80 people as it swept through the Caribbean and south Florida.

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