Trump and cabinet members gather at Camp David for storm update

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Almost a third of the state are under mandatory evacuation orders as powerful Hurricane Irma batters the peninsula.

As Hurricane Irma continues to approach the coast of southern Florida today the federal government is working with state and local agencies to help save lives, protect families, and assist those in need, President Donald J. Trump said yesterday as part of his weekly address to the nation.

Earlier this week, Hurricane Irma pounded the Caribbean region as it's now making its way toward Florida, skirting Cuba's northern coast. He thanked FEMA and the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the agency, for their efforts.

When all this is over, the man who had in 2012 said in a tweet that global warming as a concept was "created by and for the Chinese in order to make United States manufacturing non-competitive" and had as President pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Accord might have to face many tough questions.

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

"Clearly the briefing that we received at Camp David this morning caused the president to have great concern for the impact of this storm moving up the west coast and the potential through heavy winds and storm surge to compromise cities and compromise lives", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters. He said at Saturday's meeting that he would press for Congress to complete its work on a bill even sooner this year. "Safety must come first to worry about", the president said addressing the U.S. citizens in a video from the meeting, released on his Twitter page.




North Korea was also on the agenda. Congress acted quickly to pass the $15.3 billion deal and send it to Trump, who signed it Friday after he arrived at the Maryland retreat.

In addition to overhauling the tax code, the president also wants new spending to upgrade roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, departs the White House for Camp David Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C.

Pence and some Cabinet secretaries were expected to visit FEMA later Sunday afternoon.

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

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