Trump visits hurricane zone, praises recovery work
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.”