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13 September, 2017
Trump to visit Florida on Thursday to survey Irma damage
First lady Melania Trump will also make the trip.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will travel to Florida on Thursday to survey damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in southwest Florida last weekend and left wide swaths of wreckage as it made its way up the peninsula.
“The president’s action during these times demonstrate why he’s a true leader who can bring the country together and get things done for the American people,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Tuesday’s press briefing after announcing Trump’s planned travel.
Sanders did not offer any further details on what regions of Florida Trump would visit or what he would do while there.
The White House had previously teased plans for Trump to visit Florida but said any trip would not be finalized until the situation there had stabilized to the point that a presidential visit would not add undue stress to local authorities.
Trump has been outwardly engaged in hurricane response and recovery efforts in recent weeks, twice visiting the Gulf Coast, which was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey last month. He has also offered updates and encouragement on Twitter, lauding the work of first responders and promising support for storm victims.