Trump surveys Irma’s wrath
President Trump took a day trip to Florida on Thursday to survey the extent of Hurricane Irma’s destruction, thank public safety services and meet with victims of the most powerful hurricane to hit the USA since Katrina in 2005.
As he flew over Bonita Springs on Marine One, the president’s helicopter cruised low enough for him to see debris strewn across subdivisions. In the Naples Estates neighborhood, he witnessed downed trees, tarp-covered roofs and totaled mobile homes.
“We love these people — we’re going to help them,” Trump said walking in Naples Estates, a retirement community nestled among golf courses. “I want to tell you we love you and we are there for you 100%,” he said.
The trip marks the third hurricane-ravaged state that Trump has visited in three weeks, as the double-barreled hits of hurricanes Harvey and Irma exacted a toll on Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Trump plans to visit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
At a makeshift food stand in Naples, Trump wore a presidential windbreaker over his dress shirt as he handed out hoagies.
Or rather, Trump pointed to the hoagies after struggling to put on the food-service gloves. “Don’t forget to take one!” he implored.
Later, reporters asked Trump if the severity of these hurricanes changed his views on climate change. Trump, who has been skeptical on the subject, suggested they did not: “We’ve had bigger storms than this,” he said.