Trump heads to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

Trump heads to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

Trump's visit came the day after police in Hollywood, Florida, launched an criminal investigation into a nursing home where eight patients died after the facility lost power and continued to operate with little or no air conditioning in sweltering heat. Marco Rubio (R). But Rubio appeared to cringe and grimace slightly when Trump tried to touch his shoulder.

"We're working on a deal, very important is the wall to me and we have to know the wall will not be obstructed", said Mr. Trump of the border security package discussions with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

Mr Trump hands out food with Melania Trump's help. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Florida previous year by about 1 percentage point.

President Donald Trump is praising the recovery efforts in Florida before departing for the state to survey hurricane damage from Irma.

Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Mr Trump on the trip, promised Floridians: "We're with you today".

Shortly after, first lady Melania Trump tweeted that she would accompany her husband to Florida on Thursday.

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record. After arriving in Fort Myers, Mr Trump said: "When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number".

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On his second visit, to Texas and Louisiana, he was more hands-on.

The hurricane has killed more than 55 people in total.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday.

Some 20% of Florida's gas stations had no fuel yesterday, down from a peak of 46%, according to fuel information service Gas Buddy.

The situation was even worse to the south in Collier County, home to Naples.

Thomas reported from Washington.

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