President Trump visits battered Florida

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President Donald Trump has handed out sandwiches at a Florida mobile home community torn up by Hurricane Irma, during a visit to survey damage to the eastern state.

"We love the people of Florida and they went through something that, I guess, the likes of which we could really say nobody's ever seen before", Trump said in Naples.

Mr Trump, Melania Trump, Florida Governor Rick Scott and his wife Ann Scott tour a neighbourhood affected by Hurricane Irma, in Naples, Florida.

In Fort Myers, Trump thanked federal disaster relief officials, who have contended with a pair of massive storms in Florida and Texas that have left thousands of Americans displaced.

Trump, eager to be seen as in charge of disaster response, also traveled twice to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham tweeted shortly after that the First Lady would be joining her husband, and later in the day Pence's press secretary Marc Lotter said that the vice president and second lady Karen Pence would also travel to Florida.

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Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Mr Trump on the trip, promised Floridians: "We're with you today". Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored. But even then, there were some discordant moments, like when he urged relief workers to "have a good time" in Houston. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do".

"What do I know, but I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate", Trump said in Fort Myers. "So I hope he runs for the Senate".

Mainly, however, he sought to highlight the work of federal, state and local agencies, which have received praise for their coordination amid trying circumstances.

Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, has so far killed at least 80 people as it swept through the Caribbean and south Florida.

Police in Hollywood, north of Miami, opened a criminal investigation on Wednesday after finding three dead patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill, a facility that had been operating with little or no air conditioning.

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