Trump gets briefed on Hurricane Irma

Monday, 11 Sep, 2017

President Donald Trump urged any USA residents still in Hurricane Irma's path Saturday to "just get out of its way" and not worry about possessions, as he monitored the powerful storm's advance on Florida from the secluded Camp David presidential retreat.

"Our teams at our four properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and are following local and Florida State Advisories very closely to help ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure", said the spokesperson.

"I wasn't there for the storm, but I've been told by my people there that it re-landscaped the place".

"I'm feeling better than being in my house, but I'm anxious about my home, about what's going to happen", Turner said.

"This s a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential", Trump began, seeming to stumble over pronunciation of "Irma".

Rick Scott maintains that the state is doing everything it can to deal with fuel shortages and traffic jams so people can evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma.

A spate of social media posts expressing hope that Hurricane Irma trashes President Trump's Palm Beach, Fla., resort is producing a backlash of disgust and criticism.

Trump gets briefed on Hurricane Irma
Trump gets briefed on Hurricane Irma

"What we're going to need is ... perseverance", she said.

Vice President Mike Pence and other Cabinet members also visited FEMA's headquarters Sunday afternoon.

As the storm turns towards Florida, and one Trump property having already been reportedly damaged, time will tell whether Irma will significantly impact another this weekend. The President should have said that disaster relief has got to be the top priority in Congress, and if tax cuts have to wait, they will be delayed for as long as it takes.

On Saturday, Trump said he approved emergency declarations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

"With gratitude for our first responders, and prayers for those in the storm's path, America stands united - and I mean totally united", Trump said in his weekly address, which was released Friday evening. Together, we will restore, recover and rebuild.

Two years after a series of storms, the real-estate tycoon said he didn't know how much had been spent on repairs but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money.