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President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Michael inside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, October 10, 2018.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday received a briefing on Hurricane Michael, as the huge Category 4 hurricane neared landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
“We’ll look to Sunday or Monday” for a trip to the storm zone, Trump said during a briefing with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen along with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The president said he had a “long talk” with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), along with urged anyone inside the area who had been ordered to evacuate to do so.
Trump also noted that will poverty is actually one of the major barriers to evacuating for many residents inside the storm’s path. “Some of the areas are very poor. This kind of’s not easy for a person without the necessary money to leave,” Trump said.
“This kind of was a smaller storm they never thought would likely grow into a monster,” Trump said. “This kind of’s almost the entire size of the Gulf” of Mexico, Trump said.
Long told the president along with assembled press, “We have teams, equipment along with personnel” embedded across the state along with ready to assist. “We’ve got food supplies, food chains, we are working with the states,” Trump added.
The president said he will “probably” still travel to Pennsylvania tonight for a campaign rally. “I don’t know what to do because you have so many people already there” waiting in line to get into the rally, he said.
Asked what message he had for residents inside the storm’s path, Trump replied, “I say, God bless you all.”
Michael neared landfall Wednesday with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, along with gusts up to 175 miles per hour.
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