Trump to visit Florida on Thursday to survey Irma damage

Ebony Scott
September 14, 2017

President Trump is headed to Naples, Florida, on Thursday to meet with Hurricane Irma first responders.

Parts of the US Virgin Islands also lay in Irma's path, though Trump does not now have plans to stop there.

Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham tweeted shortly after that the First Lady would be joining her husband, and later in the day Pence's press secretary Marc Lotter said that the vice president and second lady Karen Pence would also travel to Florida.

This is the third trip Trump has made in response to a natural disaster hitting the United States.

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For Trump, the trip Thursday is yet another visit to a disaster area.

Trump has also taken pains to appear personally involved in planning and relief efforts, appearing in photos from the Oval Office with large maps and briefing materials spread across the wooden Resolute Desk. Earlier, he made two stops in Texas after Hurricane Harvey caused massive, destructive flooding in and around Houston. White House officials acknowledged that assuming the "comforter in chief" role was harder than it appears on television. Officials said it could take at least 10 days to fully restore power.

Mainly, however, he sought to highlight the work of federal, state, and local agencies, which have received praise for their coordination amid trying circumstances.

Other areas of the state, however, remain largely incapacitated, including the Florida Keys, where an estimated quarter of the homes were destroyed. Many communities are still cleaning up or without power or air conditioning.

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