President Trump to travel to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

- 2.69 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, including 81 nursing homes, were without power.

Yesterday Mr Trump suggested rates could go higher for rich people, claiming, "if they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly".

Hurricane Irma has slammed into southwest Florida, threatening to bring unsafe storm surges to coastal areas, already battered by the hurricane's powerful winds.

Trump says alongside Scott and other Florida officials that he knows "at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end". "We are there for you 100 percent", he said, adding, "this is a state that I know very well". But the wealthy two-term governor is considered a leading contender for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. After record flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas earlier this month, Trump made two visits - first to Corpus Christi and Austin on August 29 and later to Houston on September 2.

Washington D.C. [United States], Sept 12: United States President Donald Trump has said that the devastation caused due to Hurricane Irma in the region was worst than anyone expected. "So I hope he runs for the Senate".

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, made the announcement during Tuesday's daily briefing.

Trump is traveling to Naples and Fort Myers to meet with those affected by the hurricane and learn more about relief efforts.

Hurricane Irma is history but its aftermath remains deadly.

Last week, Trump cut a deal with Democrats in Congress to provide more than $15 billion in disaster aid for Harvey, while raising the USA government's borrowing limit and funding the government through December 8.

He'll be stopping in Ft.

Trump has been outwardly engaged in hurricane response and recovery efforts in recent weeks, twice visiting the Gulf Coast, which was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey last month.

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

Trump tweeted earlier Thursday morning that he also planned to to thank "our GREAT first responders", including both the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Guard.

  • Rogelio Becker