The death toll from Hurricane Irma stood at 81 yesterday, including 38 in the United States, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands accounting for more than half of the fatalities. Marco Rubio (R). But Rubio appeared to cringe and grimace slightly when Trump tried to touch his shoulder.
Although I'm building a life here in Las Cruces, I always go back to my life and the memories I made in Orlando.
The President has a special connection to the state because of his beloved Mar-a-Lago club, and he told locals: "I just want to tell you that we are there for you 100%". Many of these folks are on fixed incomes and they faced some of the worst damage from the storm.
"I think we're doing a good job in Florida", Mr. Trump said.
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. He said: "If you go back into the 1930s and the 1940s, and you take a look, we've had storms over the years that have been bigger than this".
Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged first responders to check health care facilities after eight patients died at a nursing home with an air conditioning outage three days after Irma ravaged the state.
Being nearly halfway across the country, and having my friends and family tell me about the power going out in their homes and the overall devastation, gives a more personal connection to the situation in Florida, compared to simply watching live footage on television.
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"We're with you today".
This is Trump's third visit in less than three weeks to a hurricane-damaged state.
These residents are happy the president saw the damage, but they need help now.
The White House did not specify which area of the state the President would tour during his stop, but sources told CNN he would travel to the Fort Myers area, on Florida's gulf coast. He visited Texas and Louisiana after Harvey struck.
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.
Florida's southwestern coast is a haven for retirees seeking warm weather and handsome sunsets across the Gulf of Mexico.
Some 20% of Florida's gas stations had no fuel yesterday, down from a peak of 46%, according to fuel information service Gas Buddy.