Trump briefed on Irma; Pence going to FEMA headquarters

       The Mar-a Lago estate is shown in November 2016 where the then president-elect spent the Thanksgiving holiday

Reuters The Mar-a Lago estate is shown in November 2016 where the then president-elect spent the Thanksgiving holiday

A spate of social media posts expressing hope that Hurricane Irma trashes President Trump's Palm Beach, Fla., resort is producing a backlash of disgust and criticism.

Trump was briefed on the "the status of Hurricane Irma, forecasted path, evacuations, preparation for response and recovery", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We've all been working together. We will do it quickly".

The White House also said the president also issued a disaster declaration on Puerto Rico on Sunday and expanded federal funding available to the US Virgin Islands in the wake of the hurricane. Trump has also given Congress six months to resolve the status of individuals who were brought to the USA illegally as children after he decided earlier this week to end an Obama administration program that allowed them to live, work and attend school without fear of being deported. "Property is replaceable but lives are not, and safety has to come first".

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He also urged Congress forward on "dramatic" tax reform and cutting regulations.

"I think now, with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm gonna ask for a speed up", he said. "What they've done, I mean, they're going right into that, and you never know". "And he's asking that everyone in the storm's path remain vigilant and heed recommendations from government officials and law enforcement". The first time was to provide a list of shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

After meeting with FEMA employees and thanking them for their help in the storm's efforts, Pence said the the administraiton continues to provide the "full weight of the government" to support the state of Florida and Governor Rick Scott.

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"The president said: 'Do everything you can to take care of people.' And that's what we're doing", Long said on "Fox News Sunday." "This is why we ask and plead with people to be ready for multiple days, and unfortunately this is coming into reality".

Long made clear that residents living in the hardest-hit areas who chose to stay in their homes despite evacuation warnings will likely not receive immediate aid from federal first responders.

Pence said Trump, who was returning to the White House later Sunday, has been tracking the storm "24/7".

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