Trump said in a September 8 tweet that "Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen".
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs the White House to North Dakota, in Washington, U.S. September 6, 2017.
Trump said that storms were bigger in the 1930s and 1940s. "What do I know but I hope this man right here. runs for the Senate", he said.
Governor Rick Scott requested - and President Donald Trump approved - a major disaster declaration for all 67 counties in Florida, triggering the immediate release of resources to help communities recover from Irma by reimbursing local communities and the state government for response efforts.
Nevertheless, millions of residents in Florida remained without power on Friday, a risky scenario amid high temperatures in the state.
Trump is planning to campaign for the Republican tax plan in states where Democratic senators face tough re-election prospects in 2018.
How to track Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia in real time
This rainfall will continue the risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. NASA have released this remarkable satellite image of hurricanes Katia , Irma and Jose in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
The Trump Administration is expected to seek additional funding in the coming weeks to respond to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The President and the First Lady made two trips to Texas last month in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Cleanup for the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge after Hurricane Irma was much easier for after the Island of Sanibel as a whole was spared.
Other elements of his first trip to Texas struck an awkward tone: the first lady's stiletto heels, worn while boarding Marine One at the White House, drew widespread backlash on social media, and Trump's comments to a gathering of supporters - "what a great turnout!" - were more valedictory than comforting.
"Historically there's never been anything like this, but the U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA, working with Gov. Scott, they've really done an wonderful job, power is turning on rapidly", said Mr. Trump.
The president is traveling to the hurricane-stricken state Thursday to meet with those affected by the storm and learn more about relief efforts. The risk was illustrated Thursday at a nursing home in Hollywood, where six residents died after their air conditioning stopped working.