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President Trump visits, elderly in peril — WHAT'S HAPPENING

15 September 2017
President Trump visits, elderly in peril — WHAT'S HAPPENING

While in Naples, Trump will spend around an hour meeting with those impacted by Hurricane Irma, according to the administration.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, center, and Gov Rick Scott- R Fla., right, participate in a briefing on the Hurricane Irma relief efforts, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Ft.

Around them were piles of debris, including tall piles of siding, furniture and branches.

Trump pledged to be "there for you 100 percent". "You see people immediately getting back to work to fix up their homes".

Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said the planning for the president's trip was done in concert with Florida Gov. Rick Scott's team.

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

Trump, standing alongside Scott and other Florida officials, said he knows that "at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end".

Trump's visit offered him the chance to see how people are coping with Irma's aftermath and how the Federal Emergency Management Agency is responding.

Meanwhile many Floridians remain swamped and without electricity.

Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighboring states.

The death toll from Irma stood at 81, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the US mainland this year. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Florida past year by about 1 percentage point.

First lady Melania Trump will also make the trip. "We're going to be with you tomorrow and we're going to be with you until Florida rebuilds bigger and better than ever before".

It is the third trip that Trump has made in response to a hurricane striking the southern United States.

Last week, Trump cut a deal with Democrats in Congress to provide more than $15 billion in disaster aid for Harvey, while raising the USA government's borrowing limit and funding the government through December 8. He saw little damage and offered few expressions of concern. He visited Texas and Louisiana after Harvey struck. He toured a Houston shelter housing hundreds of displaced people and walking streets lined with soggy, discarded possessions.

Throughout the storms, Trump has been eager to project a high level of federal competence and to avoid pitfalls made by some of his predecessors in the face of natural disasters. He hewed toward hearty handshakes and enthusiastic promises rather than hugs and tears, but he was well received by people grappling with the storm. Another told Trump that he "married well". Myers and Naples on the southwestern coast. Many communities are still cleaning up or without power or air conditioning. In nearby Broward County, 300,000 were without electricity. In Naples, the Collier County Public School District remains closed and will not reopen until next week. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.