FORT MYERS, Fla. (WFLA) – President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a number of White House officials walked through the Naples Estates neighborhood on Thursday that was hit hard by Hurricane Irma.
This is a mobile home park mostly occupied by elderly residents. Many of these people are on fixed incomes and have nowhere else to go.
“We are there for you 100 percent,” Trump said. “We’ll be back here many times.”
While here, Trump passed out food and spent time encouraging the residents.
The president spoke about his love for the state of Florida and admired the resiliency of the people here.
Trump also praised the efforts of first responders and state officials soon after touching down in southwest Florida.
Speaking to officials in a hangar at the Fort Myers airport, the president said there were fears before Irma hit that thousands could be killed, instead of the 23 total so far in Florida attributed to the hurricane.
“To see the Coast Guard, to see the Army, the Marines, everybody. The Navy. The job that everybody has done is incredible. And I know you’re also in the process. But to think of the incredible power of that storm and while people unfortunately passed it was such a small number that nobody would’ve – people thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended and the number is a very small number, which is a great tribute to you,” he said.
And Trump praised the pace of power restorations although more than 3 million homes across the state remain in the dark.
One word on a very important subject, so your power is I mean literally Rick is going on as we speak. It’s going way ahead of schedule. Weeks ahead of schedule. And much of it, most of it I guess outside of the Keys where we have a very special problem but we’re working hard at that. That’s a very, very special problem. That was just dead center. But we’re working very hard on that. And we have a lot of water, a lot of food, a lot of everything.
Trump was traveling to Naples and Fort Myers on Florida’s southwestern coast to meet with those affected by the hurricane and learn more about relief efforts.
Trump was being joined by Vice President Mike Pence and was also traveling with first lady Melania Trump.
His trip to Florida follows two earlier outings in which Trump reviewed recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in late August.
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