Trump vis­its hur­ri­cane zone, praises re­cov­ery work

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

NAPLES, FLA. » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump doled out hoa­gies and hand­shakes in the swel­ter­ing Florida heat on Thurs­day as he took a first­hand tour of Irma’s dev­as­ta­tion and dis­pensed con­grat­u­la­tory words about the fed­eral and state re­cov­ery ef­fort.

Trump, who was in and out of the state in less than three hours, got an aerial view of the wa­ter-del­uged homes along Florida’s south­west­ern coast from his he­li­copter, then drove in his mo­tor­cade along streets lined with felled trees, bro­ken traf­fic lights and shut­tered stores on his way to a mo­bile home com­mu­nity hit hard by the storm.

Walk­ing along a street in Naples Es­tates with his wife, Me­la­nia, the pres­i­dent en­coun­tered piles of bro­ken sid­ing and soggy fur­ni­ture heaped on front porches, and res­i­dents who were happy to get a pres­i­den­tial visit.

“We are there for you 100 per­cent,” Trump said. “I’ll be back here nu­mer­ous times. This is a state that I know very well.”

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