President Donald Trump urged any US 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.
The Republican president, who met with his cabinet at Camp David this weekend, also spoke to the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee as the hurricane path moved away from the lower Florida Keys westward to the Gulf Coast and states to the north. He thanked FEMA and the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the agency, for their efforts.
Trump received a briefing on Irma earlier in the day.
"Have two friends coming over to stay with me", he said, flashing the stubborn streak that he's had his entire life.
WASHINGTON ― Federally insured property in Florida is in the crosshairs of potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma ― including President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. "And in order to do that, we have been leaning forward for multiple days".
"I think now, with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speedup".
About 1.2 million residents were already without power, Duke said, reiterating that outages could affect as many as 5 million people.
"This continues to be a very unsafe storm", Pence said, calling Irma a hurricane of "epic proportions".
In addition to overhauling the tax code, the president also wants new spending to upgrade roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Because of this, because of the conversation we're now having about potential catastrophic damage in South Florida due to hurricanes, it's important to remember a story about Donald Trump from 2005. He reiterated that citizens need to heed the warnings of local officials either to shelter in place, if directed to do so, or evacuate. "That has been taken care of now", the Democrat said on CBS. "Safety must come first to worry about", the president said addressing the USA citizens in a video from the meeting, released on his Twitter page. "We've all been working together".
"In times such as these, we see the strength and resolve of the American spirit, and we see the kindness and courage of our people".
An estimated 125,000 people live in the area surrounding the resort and all of Florida is under a state of emergency.