Trump helps volunteer efforts in hurricane-ravaged Florida

Earlier Mr Trump praised the recovery efforts in Florida, telling reporters at the White House that "power is being turned on rapidly".

The President has a special connection to the state because of his beloved Mar-a-Lago club, and he told locals: "I just want to tell you that we are there for you 100%. This has been a hard situation".

Earlier in his one-day visit to Florida, Trump also lauded state and federal officials for their preparation and response to the hurricane.

Trump donned gloves before handing out food, but one reportedly ripped, prompting The Donald to tell the traveling press pool, "they're too small".


After Harvey struck Texas, Trump drew criticism for having minimal interaction with residents during his first trip in late August.

Shortly after, first lady Melania Trump tweeted that she would accompany her husband to Florida on Thursday. "This is a state that I know very well, as you understand".

Upon arrive Trump will receive a briefing on Irma relief efforts before heading to the Naples area to meet with hurricane victims.

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.


"The job he's done is incredible", Trump said, adding that he's unsure if Scott will challenge Democratic Sen.

Florida was slammed with huge storm surges, violent winds and heavy rains that socked the peninsula from south to north, flooding towns and knocking out power to millions of people.

Governor Rick Scott called on Florida emergency workers to immediately check on nursing homes to make sure patients are safe, and he vowed to punish anyone found culpable in the deaths.

President Donald Trump is heading to Florida to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.



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