President Trump Visits Florida After Hurricane Irma, Thanks First Responders and Local Officials
By Nancy Lewis, Sunshine State News // September 15, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: Trump gets a first-hand look at the damage from Irma.
FLORIDA (SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – President Trump arrived in Fort Myers at 10:30 a.m. Thursday just behind his first tweet of the day: “Am leaving now for Florida to see our GREAT first responders and to thank the U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA etc.”
The president, with First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, met with Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Sen. Marco Rubio and FEMA administrator Brock Long on the airport tarmac before TV cameras. He later met with local officials and first responders in Fort Myers and Naples to hear of the impacts of Hurricane Irma firsthand.
He called the impacts a “real disaster” and said there’s “much work do” but that Florida “will be rebuilt and will come back even better than before.”
Trump thanked Gov. Scott for his work, saying he’s doing an “incredible” job. “I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate,” he said.
Scott, in turn, returned the compliment, praising the president half a dozen times during his four-minute remarks for his support even while Irma was thousands of miles away. And he thanked the American people for their prayers, Floridians for their “great spirit,” first responders, the military and “Florida officials up and down the state.”
Irma’s death toll in Florida rose to at least 25 by Wednesday morning. Of those killed were eight patients at a Hollywood nursing home who spent days in sweltering heat after Irma knocked out their air conditioning.
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