Donald and Melania Trump to visit Florida to survey damage

Tribune News Service

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Florida on Thursday to survey damage from Hurricane Irma.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the president’s visit during Tuesday’s press briefing.

Melania Trump revealed on Twitter that she would travel with the president.

“My concern continues for all impacted by the hurricanes. Will fly to #Florida on Thursday w @potus to survey the damages from #HurricaneIrma,” said a post on Melania Trump’s official Twitter account.

Trump owns Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and three other properties in Florida. He recently made two trips to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The White House has not revealed where the Trumps will visit in Florida. Most of the state experienced some impact, with Gov. Rick Scott on Monday saying the Keys appeared to be hardest hit.

Scott and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., praised the Trump administration’s response to Irma.

“I can tell you the White House has been outstanding. I talked to President Trump three times (Sunday),” Scott said Monday in Opa-Locka.

Ros-Lehtinen, who has often criticized the president, said the coordination between the federal government and state and local officials was a vast improvement from Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

“It’s been — no pun intended — a sea change in a positive way,” Ros-Lehtinen said Monday.

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