Trump's comments on hurricanes lead to climate change debate

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

President Donald Trump, pressed on whether back-to-back deadly hurricanes have changed his views on climate change, dodged the question on Thursday by contradicting past comments he made about the size of storms that have rocked Texas and Florida.

Walking through mobile homes ravaged by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Fla., President Trump praised first responders and residents for doing an "incredible" job on rescue and recovery.

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Melania Trump revealed on Twitter that she would travel with the president. "If you go back into the teens, you'll see storms that were as big or bigger".

"People thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended, and the number is a very small number, which is a great tribute to you", Trump said to the first responders.

After the visit, President Trump will then return to Washington D.C. where he and the first lady will host the White House Historical Association reception and dinner.

Afterward, the White House was mainly pleased with the trip, though some aides grumbled that he'd missed an opportunity to show more compassion as hundreds of thousands of Americans faced uncertain futures.

He warned residents to be extra vigilant, saying not to touch downed power lines and to listen to local officials.

When Trump returned to the state several days after that, he did inject himself into relief efforts, helping load boxes onto trucks and and viewing the flooding at closer range. "So I hope he runs for the Senate" against incumbent Bill Nelson, Trump said. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do". For the most recent Florida visit, Mrs Trump looked immaculate in a pair of white jeans with a loose khaki shirt and white Converse sneakers.

Trump, standing alongside Scott and other Florida officials, said he knows that "at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end". I wasn't there. I hope the truth comes out. Marco Rubio; state Attorney General Pam Bondi; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's administrator, Brock Long.

FEMA also said it had moved 3.8 million meals and 3.4 million liters of water to states in the Southeast that were affected by the storm.

In Florida, some 2.69 million homes and businesses were still without power on Thursday, or about 1 in 4 Florida customers.

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