President Urges Vigilance as Irma Approaches Southern Florida

Trump says US is 'prepared' to deal with Irma

Aides said Trump would receive hurricane briefings throughout the day as the powerful storm headed towards the southern tip of Florida, forcing millions of residents to flee the impending surge of water and incredibly strong winds.

As Hurricane Irma approached Florida on Saturday, President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet met at Camp David for an update on the storm delivered by Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

It now remains to be seen how Trump and his administration, who not only dismantled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) but also rolled back many checks on corporate actions put in place by predecessor Barack Obama, deal with the havoc wrought by Hurricane Irma. "I think nearly every C abinet member called me once a day from the administration just making sure we have all the resources", Scott said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

As Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean over the past two days, the destruction it left in its wake on several small - and relatively poor - islands was almost total.

Among the topics of discussion, she said, the president will receive briefings on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and preparations for Hurricane Irma. "We're doing everything possible to help save lives and support those in need".

A White House official said that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were keeping people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in their prayers, and encouraged everyone to listen to local authorities, reported the Washington Examiner.

President Urges Vigilance as Irma Approaches Southern Florida

Long said it was "hard to say" how long the $15 billion approved by Congress for disaster relief will last.

In addition to overhauling the tax code, the president also wants new spending to upgrade roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Alexander Acosta - at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains.

Trump also encouraged officials to also stay focused on recovery efforts in southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, which caused severe flooding in Houston and surrounding areas after it made landfall in late August.

Pence and the Cabinet secretaries later visited FEMA headquarters.

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