President Trump To Visit Hurricane-Stricken Florida Thursday

US President Donald Trump talks to the media about Hurricane Irma next to First lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington US from Camp David

Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, remain without power.

As Northeast Florida begins to recover from Hurricane Irma, Congressman John Rutherford pointed residents to federal disaster relief programs that can help with recovery. He said, "Historically there's never been anything like this, but the U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA, working with Gov. Scott, they've really done an unbelievable job, power is turning on rapidly".

Trump seems to be backpedaling on comments Wednesday, when he suggested rates could go higher for rich people.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs the White House to North Dakota, in Washington, U.S. September 6, 2017.

The president said his administration is "trying to keep them as happy as we can under the circumstances". Hurricane Harvey dropped record rains and caused flooding in Texas. He saw little damage and offered few expressions of concern.

"I can guarantee you this - it's going to cost billions, upon billions, upon billions of dollars", Curbelo said Monday.

Trump quickly injected politics into the visit, telling reporters that he was hopeful that Scott, a two-term GOP governor, will challenge a Democratic senator next year.

Mr. Trump applauded the work of Gov. Scott, saying he's been "talked about all over" as well as the work being done in order to restore power to the region.

"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Trump said.

The president gave a strong hand shake with Sen. "What do I know but I hope this man right here. runs for the Senate", he said.

"We love the people of Florida. Otherwise we're not doing any deal".

Always a class act, our president.

Air Force One will land at the Southwestern Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers and will visit Naples, a White House official said.

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