WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump visited hurricane-scarred Florida on Thursday, where he met with state officials and visited areas recovering from the storm, passing out food to residents, shaking hands and posing for pictures.
The president landed in Fort Myers with the first lady, Melania Trump, and met with federal emergency management officials and Florida officials including Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Scott, and Pam Bondi, the state attorney general, about the Hurricane Irma recovery operations. From there, Trump traveled to Naples, and visited damaged neighborhoods. Vice President Mike Pence, who traveled separately to Florida, handed out food alongside the president and first lady.
“We’re going to see some of the folks and make sure they’re happy,” Trump said in brief remarks to reporters in Fort Myers, acknowledging that many had lost their homes in the destruction.
It was Trump’s third visit to storm-ravaged parts of the United States in the past few weeks after two major hurricanes, and he again praised the federal government’s performance.
“I think we’re doing a good job in Florida,” Trump said.
Hurricane Irma hit South Florida on Sunday, leaving the Florida Keys with the most damage and millions of people without power across the Southeast. Eight people died in a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, and others were hospitalized after the hurricane knocked out the air conditioning in the nursing home. As of Wednesday, at least 14 other deaths in Florida, six in South Carolina and Georgia and 38 across the Caribbean had been attributed to the storm. Some 600 shelters have…
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