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Trump to welcome Cabinet at Camp David

11 September 2017

United States President Donald Trump's Cabinet met on Saturday at Camp David to discuss their preparations for Hurricane Irma, as the category-three storm is sweeping toward Florida.

Vice President Mike Pence and several members of Trump's cabinet were set to visit FEMA headquarters on Sunday afternoon to talk with staff members who have been working there as well as agency officials, the White House said.

"This is a storm of enormous destructive power and I ask everyone in the storm path to heed all instructions, get out of its way", Trump said. Irma has forced millions of residents to leave their homes in one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history.

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Irma has plowed into the Florida Keys as the storm begins its march up the state's west coast.

Alexander Acosta - at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains.

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

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Mar-a-Lago, which overlooks the ocean on Palm Beach, was built in 1927. "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]". A White House official said Trump would continue to receive regular updates on Hurricanes Irma and Jose.

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. He said Irma was unsafe and life-threatening.

The President, who has been meeting with Cabinet members at Camp David this weekend, spoke by phone Sunday morning with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, Sanders said.

Elaine Duke, the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, was scheduled Saturday to brief Trump and the rest of the team on the storms.

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Earlier on Saturday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said nearly a quarter of the state's 20 million population - fourth largest nationwide - had been ordered to evacuate. He said he was saying prayers for us. So we need to simplify the tax code, reduce taxes very substantially on the middle class, and make our business tax more globally competitive. "Safety must come first to worry about", the president said addressing the USA citizens in a video from the meeting, released on his Twitter page. "We'll be there with resources and support, both to save lives and to help to recover and rebuild these states and these communities".

Trump to welcome Cabinet at Camp David