Trump praising rapid response to Irma in Florida

Carolyn Kaster  AP

Having seen the damage in our impacted areas first hand with local response leaders, I greatly appreciate Governor Scott's requests and President Trump's approval of federal assistance for our communities.

Irma was a massive storm, blasting through almost half of the Sunshine State, flooding streets, damaging homes and displacing residents. Many Florida residents remain swamped and without electricity.

Assisted by First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the president put on a pair of gloves and handed sandwiches and bananas to residents.

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President Donald Trump is heading to Florida to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

"Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me & have zero access". Trump said to the man as he handed over bananas.

"Historically there's never been anything like this, but the U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA, working with Gov. Scott, they've really done an awesome job, power is turning on rapidly", said Mr. Trump. "You see people immediately getting back to work to fix up their homes".

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The president also used the opportunity to encourage Scott to run for the Senate.

"We're deadset on that", said Mr. Trump of rebuilding efforts in the Florida Keys, the hardest hit area in the state. "So I hope he runs for the Senate". "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".

Greeting storm victims in Naples, Trump offered "100 percent" support to the people of Florida, calling them "special, special people and we love them". An agreement between Trump and Democrats on a bill to protect dreamers could potentially put Ryan in the position of having to decide whether to bring it for a vote with the prospects that it might pass with more Democratic support than among the GOP. He visited Texas and Louisiana after Harvey struck.

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