Trump calls for a tax reform 'speed-up' in light of Hurricane Irma

Rainfall forecast with Hurricane Irma Weather graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

Rainfall forecast with Hurricane Irma Weather graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

President Donald Trump urged any US residents still in Hurricane Irma's path Saturday to "just get out of its way" and not worry about possessions, as he monitored the powerful storm's advance on Florida from the secluded Camp David presidential retreat.

Irma "is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential", Trump said in his weekly address.

Hurricane Irma had already reached Category 5 status by Tuesday and although meteorologists do not know what the storm will do in the coming days, Samaritan's Purse said they could have hundreds of volunteers on location very quickly.

Hurricane Irma has inflicted "serious damage" on Donald Trump's Caribbean mansion, according to the French government.

"Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen", Trump tweeted. Scott said during a press conference today that he has been talking to President Trump "pretty much every day". "We are praying for all those that have been affected by Hurricane Irma and we know there will be much rebuilding to do on this lovely island in the months and years ahead".

Hurricane Irma wasn't the only topic discussed at the fourth gathering of Trumps' Cabinet during his presidency.

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The state of Florida is evacuating in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, including U.S.

The White House said President Donald Trump would monitor the weekend developments on the Hurricane from Camp David, which will host a full Cabinet retreat, including a Saturday morning Cabinet meeting.

After hurricane computer models initially put the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region into the bulls eye, now the focus is the Gulf Coast of Florida, from Naples north through Fort Myers, and up to Tampa and St. Petersburg.

As it made landfall in Cuba, Irma's winds weakened to a 125mph Category Three, but it was expected to regain strength as it steamed through the warm Atlantic waters towards Florida.

He said the tax effort would seek to lower rates and bring back capital parked by businesses overseas because of high business tax rates in the United States.

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