Trump calls for a tax reform 'speed-up' in light of Hurricane Irma

11 September, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Julian Swanson
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As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, requisite preparations are underway at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach private club and so-called "Winter White House" owned by U.S. president Donald Trump.

Trump was briefed by teleconference on the hurricane's projected path, evacuation plans and preparations for response and recovery, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. "I think that people have really responded".

The Republican president, who met with his cabinet at Camp David this weekend, also spoke to the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee as the hurricane path moved away from the lower Florida Keys westward to the Gulf Coast and states to the north.

"Irma is a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards" to areas it might affect, the National Hurricane Center says.

Donald Trump Jr. got married there two weeks after Hurricane Wilma, which seems like an event unlikely to have taken place had Mar-a-Lago been the cracked, water-stained mess Trump seems to have claimed.

On Saturday, Trump told reporters that his administration and emergency responders were "as prepared as you can be for such an event", Politico reported.

The US president also tweeted: "The U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA and all Federal and State courageous people are ready". "We're doing everything possible to help save lives and support those in need".

The States of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and SC have declared states of emergency while about seven million people are being evacuated.

"No, I can't say that in this case".

"We will have to rebuild part of our system, particularly in the western part of the state".

Cuba started evacuating some of the 51,000 tourists visiting the island, particularly 36,000 people at resorts on the picturesque northern coast. "And we will prosecute people for this", Suave said. There is not yet any bill in Congress; under the legislative process, lawmakers must complete a budget first in order to come up with their Republican-only approach on taxes.

"It's a massive storm, it can be devastating", Scott said Friday.

"We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma", a Trump organization spokesperson told CNN.

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