Trump to Monitor Hurricane as His Cabinet Descends on Camp David

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2017

He said Irma will "cost a lot of money" but that he's most concerned at this point with saving lives.

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

The president and Mrs. Trump invited members of the Cabinet and their spouses to Camp David for the weekend, the White House said.

"It's going to play out over the next five or six hours", said Trump, who was accompanied by his wife, Melania. "We've all been working together". The House approved a $15.3 billion hurricane disaster aid package Friday morning.

It seems like if anything tax cuts are only going to make responding to a catastrophic hurricane more hard in the future because, let's be honest, it's not like they're gonna cut back on military funding or golf trips.

Trump said he'd be having additional meetings Sunday about coordination for the storm response.

The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA will continue to brief Trump at least daily, she said, adding, "but he is at the touch of a dial away from us".

Meanwhile, Gov. Henry McMaster (R) on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in SC. Forecasters warned that after churning up Florida's west coast, a weakened Irma could push into those states.

Trump, who is set to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon, has spoken regularly to Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, both Republicans, and spoke on Sunday with U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat, the White House said.

In between storm updates, Trump spent part of his fourth Cabinet meeting discussing administration priorities and how to advance them during what's left of his first year in office.

"The people of Florida need to know that our hearts and our prayers and all of our efforts are with them and will be with them until this storm passes", the vice president said.

Trump said the USA was grieving for those who were killed by Irma even before she reached the US mainland.

"The bad news is that this is some big monster", Trump told reporters at the White House, saying damage from the storm would be very costly.

"(A) group that really deserves tremendous credit is the United States Coast Guard", Trump said, standing next to first lady Melania Trump.

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