Hurricane Irma: Trump heads to Florida to see damage


More than four million homes and businesses are still without power in Florida and neighbouring states. Marco Rubio (R). But Rubio appeared to cringe and grimace slightly when Trump tried to touch his shoulder.

"We want to get massive border security and I think that both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer I think they agree with it, but we met last night and I think were fairly close but we have to get massive border security", he added. "So I hope he runs for the Senate", Mr Trump said.

The president says in Fort Myers, Florida, that he hopes Scott "runs for the Senate". Careful consideration was given to how Trump can visit the disaster zone and meet with first responders without getting in the way of recovery efforts.

Trump pledged to be "there for you 100 percent".

President Donald Trump praised the media Thursday during a visit to hurricane-ravaged Florida, a rare move from him given his rocky relationship with many in the press.

Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Trump on the trip, promised Floridians: "We're with you today".

"If you go back into the teens, you'll see storms that were as big or bigger". "We would be in the way", he said.

"We've had bigger storms than this", Trump said aboard Air Force One after departing Fort Myers. After record flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas earlier this month, Trump made two visits, first to Corpus Christi and Austin on August 29 and later to Houston on September 2. He saw little damage and offered few expressions of concern. He toured a Houston shelter housing hundreds of displaced people and walked streets lined with soggy, discarded possessions.

This time, Trump made sure to connect with a community in recovery.

The hurricane has killed more than 55 people in total.

Some 20% of Florida's gas stations had no fuel yesterday, down from a peak of 46%, according to fuel information service Gas Buddy. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.