White House may address Hurricane Irma, debt ceiling in news briefing
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Sep 11, 2017,
Sep 11, 2017, 0:16
U.S. President Donald Trump has "great concern" about the dangers of Hurricane Irma as it batters the Florida coast and has told his team he wants to travel to the state as soon as practicable, his vice president said on Sunday.
Earlier, the country's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the hurricane would "devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states". "I think Trump is turning his head".
"If it goes, I'll go with it", Senecal said at the time.
Irma was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest kind, earlier in the week, but has since been downgraded to Category 4. This weekend, Trump hotels and clubs could be battered by Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful storms on record.
Trump is scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon.
"The U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA and all Federal and State fearless people are ready". He said he was saying prayers for us.
Trump added that he has approved emergency declarations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The President is focused on keeping in communication with the governors of the affected states so that the federal government can respond to their requests as quickly as possible, Duke said. "We'll be there with resources and support, both to save lives and to help to recover and rebuild these states and these communities".
Cuba started evacuating some of the 51,000 tourists visiting the island, particularly 36,000 people at resorts on the picturesque northern coast.
Hurricane Irma crashed through the Turks and Caicos islands on Thursday and is expected to arrive in Florida on Saturday with winds of up to 185 miles per hour.
"The goal is that Congress makes a permanent fix and that Congress actually does their job, and that we have responsible immigration reform that takes place over these six months", Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Friday.
The storm activity comes after Harvey claimed about 60 lives and caused property damage estimated to be as much as $180 billion in Texas and Louisiana.