Trump addresses U.S. state governors about Hurricane Erma

Trump says US is 'prepared' to deal with Irma

Trump addresses U.S. state governors about Hurricane Erma

"We're as prepared as you can be for such an event, that I can say", Trump said.

The President reserved special praise for the Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said Irma was unsafe and life-threatening. "When you go in there, you don't know if you're going to come out".

"It's a storm of enormous destructive power and I ask everyone on the storm path to heed all instructions".

The President added that the response and recovery is "gonna cost a lot of money. We're the highest anywhere in the world right now".

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Trump spoke with Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott and with governors from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee - states potentially in the storm's northward track, as Irma began its asssault on Florida.

Meanwhile, eastern Caribbean islands braced for another powerful storm in Jose, a Category 4 hurricane that followed in Irma's wake but was not expected to threaten the continental U.S.

Trump said the USA was grieving for those who were killed by Irma even before she reached the US mainland.

He also said the lives and livelihood of many Americans - possibly from the very climate change-denying sections that had chosen Trump president - "will be at risk if Trump and his administration continue to deny the existence of climate change and its impact on the threat posed by hurricanes".

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At a briefing with FEMA administrator Brock Lock and Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Energy Secretary Perry said the Trump administration "tipped their hat" to FEMA for what he called an "extraordinary" storm.

Vice President Mike Pence and other Cabinet members also visited FEMA's headquarters Sunday afternoon.

"Every resource of the federal government is being brought to bear to support state and local efforts", said Pence on Sunday.

At the top of the meeting, he urged Americans in the path of Hurricane Irma to leave the area.

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Trump also issued a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday and expanded federal funds available to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Irma, the White House said. "Safety must come first to worry about", the president said addressing the United States citizens in a video from the meeting, released on his Twitter page. Again, we've never seen anything like this. Together, we will restore, recover and rebuild.

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