Trump to hold fourth Cabinet meeting Saturday during Irma landfall

Posted September 11, 2017

"It's the safest place in the world for a hurricane", said Anthony Senecal, Trump's longtime butler and Mar-a-Lago's unofficial historian, in an interview with The Associated Press previous year.

"It's enormously important that every American in the path of this storm take the warnings of state and local officials to heart", Pence said.

"We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma", a Trump Organization spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday.

This comes after several gulf states cut off trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this year, amid claims the country supports terrorism.

"We're not playing politics, we're just doing what's right", Trump said.

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All of Florida is under a state of emergency, with evacuation orders also issued in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.

Today, President Trump and his cabinet arrive at Camp David for a three day retreat, where they are expected to discuss the President's legislative agenda.

As many as 5.6 million people have been evacuated after Irma's landfall in Cuba. "Irma, however, could retain much of its strength", said Jason Setree, a meteorologist at Commodity Weather Group.

Tornadoes were also spotted through the region.

Deme Lomas, who owns Miami restaurant Niu Kitchen, said he saw a crane torn apart by winds and dangling from the top of a building. "It's like being on a ship". The two are now at the hospital, it said. Marco Rubio of Florida, where Irma made its US landfall over the Keys, she said. She feared for her canal-facing home.

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Irma will be the second hurricane to sweep through the recent weeks, after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas and later Louisiana, leaving a trail of devastation.

Trump said that due to the hurricane, he is going to ask Congress to speed up the passage of tax reform, "I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speedup".

This is the first time in seven years that three hurricanes have spun in the Atlantic Basin at the same time, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach.

President Donald Trump spoke to the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee yesterday, the White House said as Hurricane Irma's path moved away from the lower Florida Keys westward to the Gulf Coast and states to the north.

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