President Trump praises rapid response to Irma in Florida

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For Trump, the visit to Fort Myers and Naples along Florida's battered southwestern coast offered him the chance to see how people were coping and how the Federal Emergency Management Agency was responding.

President Trump visited hurricane-scarred Florida on Thursday, where he met with state officials and visited areas recovering from the storm, passing out food to survivors, shaking hands and posing for pictures.

Trump's comments Thursday go against the hyperbolic language he used in the lead-up and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. "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", Pence said.

"People thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended, and the number is a very small number, which is a great tribute to you", Trump said to the first responders.

Trump said in a September 8 tweet that "Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen".

Afterward, the White House was mainly pleased with the trip, though some aides grumbled that he'd missed an opportunity to show more compassion as hundreds of thousands of Americans faced uncertain futures.

Visiting Texas a few days after Trump, Pence took a more active approach, clearing downed tree branches in a sweat-soaked shirt and leading a prayer circle at a damaged church. For the most recent Florida visit, Mrs Trump looked immaculate in a pair of white jeans with a loose khaki shirt and white Converse sneakers.

"I can guarantee you this - it's going to cost billions, upon billions, upon billions of dollars", Curbelo said Monday.

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said as he toured the damaged neighborhood, promising that he would be back to Florida "numerous times". "So I hope he runs for the Senate". Marco Rubio and state Attorney General Pam Bondi as well as FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday in Florida and neighboring states.

The death toll includes eight elderly people who died after being exposed to sweltering heat inside a nursing home north of Miami that had been left with little or no air conditioning after the hurricane struck.

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