Trump heads to Florida to survey Irma recovery

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President Trump will visit the affected areas of Florida state on Thursday for survey of damages caused by Hurricane Irma.

President Donald Trump says he wants to cut taxes to help middle-class Americans, not rich ones.

Mr. Trump told the guests gathered in the State Dining Room that the White House was "a place that I've grown to love and respect".

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It barreled into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 130mph (215kph) before plowing up the Gulf Coast of the state and dissipating. In Texas, Hurricane Harvey had left the Houston area deluged by rising flood waters. "So we did have two horrific storms, epic storms, but if you go back into the '30s and '40s, and you go back into the teens, you'll see storms that were very similar and even bigger, OK?" Trump said then, "if they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly". These are special, special people and we love 'em.

He added that the state's leaders and emergency responders are doing an "amazing job" in helping the state respond to the massive storm.

The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, near where Irma first reached the United States mainland on Sunday, handed out sandwiches to resident at a feeding station under a blue shade pavilion.

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He told reporters Thursday in Florida that his tax cut plans are "not to benefit the wealthy".

Vice President Mike Pence touches down at the Fort Myers airport ahead of Mr. Trump's arrival.

The first lady says she's set to meet with FEMA and "people affected by #HurricaneIrma", tweeting out a video as she lifts off from the South Lawn en route to Joint Andrews air force base. Once on the ground, the First Lady, the President, and the Vice President took a walking tour of a neighborhood particularly damaged in the storm.

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President Trump is expected to make a visit to Florida this week due to Irma.

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