Trump heads to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma


While Southeast Texas took the brunt of Harvey's wrath, Hurricane Irma's destruction was more widespread, causing damage in the Caribbean and across the Florida peninsula.

Those unusual days seemed a lifetime ago as Trump landed in Florida to visit with victims of Hurricane Irma and assess the damage with emergency crews and first responders.

The trip will be Trump's third related to hurricane response in just over two weeks.

This time, Trump made sure to connect with a community in recovery.

"Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me and have zero access".

Mr Trump, who was in and out of the state in less than three hours, got an aerial view of water-deluged homes along Florida's south-western coast from his helicopter, then drove in his motorcade along streets lined with felled trees, broken traffic lights and shuttered stores on his way to a mobile home community hit hard by the storm. One man yelled, "Make America Great Again!"

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His trip to Florida follows two earlier outings in which Trump reviewed Harvey recovery efforts in late August.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that more than 38,000 federal personnel are now working to respond to Hurricane Irma, including staff from the military and civilian agencies.

Trump is touring the storm damage in Florida, where many remain swamped and without electricity. Another told Trump that he "married well".

Trump was to arrive in Fort Myers, where he's scheduled to meet with local officials and receive a briefing on relief efforts. On the tarmac of the Fort Myers airport, he encouraged the state's governor, Republican Rick Scott, to challenge Florida's Democratic senator when his term expires.

In Florida, some 2.69 million homes and businesses were still without power on Thursday, or about 1 in 4 Florida customers. In nearby Broward County, 300,000 were without electricity. Gas stations along the way advertised that they didn't have fuel. In Collier County, where Naples is located, 75 percent of residents still faced outages.

Ken Thomas reported from Washington.