Other areas of the state, however, remain largely incapacitated, including the Florida Keys, where an estimated quarter of the homes were destroyed. "We appreciate you being so understanding", he said. But I know at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end. After making landfall in Cudjoe Key on Sunday, Irma arrived ashore for a second time on Marco Island, leaving parts of the region under water. On the tarmac of the Fort Myers airport, he encouraged the state's governor, Republican Rick Scott, to challenge Florida's Democratic senator when his term expires.
Trump's praise, he said, is not just for rescue workers but "includes the people who live here". Bill Nelson next year.
Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida over the weekend. "This is time to get out and help".
Trump is traveling to Naples and Fort Myers to meet with those affected by the hurricane and learn more about relief efforts.
The president, with First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, met with Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Sen. Trump said then, "if they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly".
Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses - about one in four buildings - are still without power in Florida. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, were still without power Thursday.
"We're not done today", Scott pledged.
In a rare move, Trump also thanked the media.
And both FEMA administrator Brock Long and acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke avoided explicitly answering when asked Tuesday whether the government needs to be more focused on climate change because of the storms. The president spent a little more than three hours in Florida, viewing flooded areas from Marine One and getting a briefing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.