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Trump to Monitor Hurricane as His Cabinet Descends on Camp David

July 23 2018, 05:49 | Perry Erickson

Trump to Monitor Hurricane as His Cabinet Descends on Camp David

Trump to Monitor Hurricane as His Cabinet Descends on Camp David

United States President Donald Trump's Cabinet met on Saturday at Camp David to discuss their preparations for Hurricane Irma, as the category-three storm is sweeping toward Florida.

White House officials said the president had invited all of the members of his Cabinet, and their spouses, to Camp David for the weekend.

President Donald Trump once said he got $17 million in a hurricane damage insurance payout for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, but an Associated Press investigation couldn't find much evidence of the supposed damage.

Twelve years after Wilma, Mar-a-Lago is inside Florida's mandatory evacuation zones and is closed ahead of Irma.

Reading from prepared remarks, Trump said that "all of America grieves" for those who have already lost their lives from Hurricane Irma, and he urged people in Florida to heed the directions offered by state and local authorities.

Some 6.5 million people, about a third of the state's population, had been ordered to evacuate southern Florida.

On Saturday afternoon, Trump held a meeting with the Cabinet on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, now heading to Florida. He said he was saying prayers for us.

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Mar-a-Lago itself has survived a number of other deadly hurricanes, as the property was first built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1927.

Trump expressed his condolences for the victims of Irma and Harvey, which struck Texas and Louisiana earlier this month, the Hill reported.

"We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma", a Trump Organization spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday. According to the National Hurricane Center, that specific type of warning "indicates there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours".

"I think nearly every C abinet member called me once a day from the administration just making sure we have all the resources", Scott said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential".

Hurricane Irma crashed through the Turks and Caicos islands on Thursday and is expected to arrive in Florida on Saturday with winds of up to 185 miles per hour. Climate change is also responsible for sea-level rise, which could cause powerful storm surges and flooding that one day devastates some of Trump's real-estate holdings in the US.

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