President Trump told Florida hurricane victims his administration is “there for you 100%” as officials moved urgently to safeguard the state’s vulnerable elderly and restore power to millions of homes and businesses still without electricity.
The president and First Lady Melania Trump arrived aboard Air Force One in Fort Myers on the peninsula’s southwestern Gulf coast, then traveled by helicopter to Naples, 40 miles away. It was Trump’s third disaster-zone visit in less than three weeks.
In a Naples mobile home park, not far from where then-Hurricane Irma made its second landfall in Florida, Trump shook hands with residents, quizzed people about how they were faring and joined volunteers serving lunch.
“We love the people of Florida,” he said, pledging that he would be back to monitor recovery progress. “We are there for you 100% … These are special, special people.”
Earlier, he hailed his own administration’s performance as well as that of state and local officials.
“I think we’re doing a good job in Florida,” Trump said in a brief question-and-answer session with reporters after landing in Fort Myers.
Addressing a group of rescue workers and officials assembled in an airport hangar, he paid special tribute to first responders and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The governor, flanking him, in turn praised the White House and federal response.
“As you know, our state’s been devastated,” Scott said.
Florida’s nascent restoration drive is projected to take months and cost billions of dollars, after the storm battered parts of the Florida Keys, triggered serious…
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