Donald Trump visits Florida to see Hurricane Irma devastation

Donald Trump visits Florida to see Hurricane Irma devastation

President Trump will visit the affected areas of Florida state on Thursday for survey of damages caused by Hurricane Irma. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. "This has been a hard situation".

President Donald Trump, pressed on whether back-to-back deadly hurricanes have changed his views on climate change, dodged the question on Thursday by contradicting past comments he made about the size of storms that have rocked Texas and Florida. Careful consideration was given to how Trump can visit the disaster zone and meet with first responders without getting in the way of recovery efforts. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses - about one in four Florida customers - are without power.

When Tropical Storm Harvey hit Houston, Texas last month, Melania Trump perhaps unwittingly became the subject of media ridicule.

First lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence, will be traveling with the president.

The president couldn't resist injecting a political flavor into his visit, telling reporters in Fort Myers that he was hopeful that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a two-term Republican, would run for the Senate, where Democrat Bill Nelson is up for re-election next year.

Mr. Trump told the guests gathered in the State Dining Room that the White House was "a place that I've grown to love and respect".

It was the first time the president had offered such encouragement, though Trump acknowledged Thursday, "I don't know what he's going to do".

Trump earlier met with federal and state leaders in Fort Myers, where he was brimming with enthusiasm for the state and federal response effort, calling it "a team like very few people have seen".

However, some scientists have found that the effects of global warming - namely warmer oceans and hotter air - can intensify hurricane formation and result in higher rainfall, though just how much those factors might affect the storms remains uncertain. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates 25 percent of homes in the Keys were destroyed.

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