Trump On Visiting Florida: 'I Wanted To Look Them In The Eyes'


This month Trump pledged to give $1 million of his own money to charities helping regions affected by Hurricane Harvey, splitting the gift among a dozen nonprofits, according to the White House.

President Donald Trump expressed frustration on Thursday over the size of food service gloves he was required to wear while feeding victims of Hurricane Irma.

Throughout the storms, Trump has been eager to project a high level of federal competence and to avoid pitfalls made by some of his predecessors in the face of natural disasters. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do".

They were joined by first lady Melania Trump at Naples Estates, a mobile home community for people 55 and older. Most thanked them. One man yelled, "Make America Great Again!"

After Harvey struck Texas, Trump drew criticism for having minimal interaction with residents during his first trip in late August.

Hurricane Irma slammed into Southwest Florida last weekend, destroying buildings and snapping trees after causing more extensive damage on the Florida Keys. Another told Trump that he "married well".

Standing before rescue helicopters and personnel at a hangar earlier in the day in Fort Myers, Fla., Trump also heaped praise on the state and local officials standing with him. On the tarmac of the Fort Myers airport, he encouraged the state's governor, Republican Rick Scott, to challenge Florida's Democratic senator when his term expires.

Many Florida residents remain swamped and without electricity. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, remain without power. Many communities are still cleaning up or without power or air conditioning. In Naples, the Collier County Public School District remains closed and will not reopen until next week.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.