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Trump to go to Florida 'very soon'

Here's President Trump's Message to the Country Ahead of Hurricane Irma Trump to go to Florida 'very soon'
Lillian Steele | 11 September, 2017, 00:48

The White House released photos of a Hurricane Irma briefing briefing on Sunday afternoon attended by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, VP Mike Pence and wife Karen, joined by several Cabinet members.

Alexander Acosta - at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains.

The meeting was to discuss federal preparations for Hurricane Irma as the Category 3 storm prepares to strike Florida. "And when you compound that with Hurricane Irma, with Irma, you can imagine how that cost is going to go up".

Trump, who is weathering his second hurricane as President in as many weeks, received an update earlier Sunday on the status of Irma as it continues to slam Florida.

Trump sided with Democrats this week to raise the US borrowing limit and keep the government operating through early December in a bid to speed federal assistance to hurricane victims.

"I ask everyone in the storm's path to be vigilant and to heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement", Trump said in a videotaped statement.

About 1.2 million residents were already without power, Duke said, reiterating that outages could affect as many as 5 million people.

In such challenging times, Trump said, the "strength and the resolve of the American Spirit" is demonstrated "and we see the kindness and courage of our people".

"My administration is monitoring the situation around the clock and we're in constant communication with all of the governors, with state and local officials", said Trump.

Irma, which has so far ravaged Cuba and flattened parts of the Caribbean islands - leaving at least 25 dead there - had led to curfews being imposed in many parts across the Florida coast, including Miami beach.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he also talked with Trump on Sunday and the president "said he was saying prayers for us", Scott told CBS' "Face the Nation". FEMA and the Dept of Homeland Security addressed the group via video teleconference.

"Every resource of the federal government is being brought to bear to support state and local efforts", said Pence on Sunday.

"We need to take this seriously", he said.

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