In-town pool report #4

From: Chris Johnson
Date: September 10, 2017 at 4:14:57 PM EDT
Subject: In-town pool report #4

Here's the full Q&A with Trump on the South Lawn:

Q: Mr. President, how's the Irma response so far?

POTUS: I think it's been going really well. It's a rough hurricane, as you better than anybody. The Coast Guard has been amazing already. You've been hearing what they're doing right in the middle of the storm. FEMA has been incredible. We're working very well with the governor and the other governors in the surrounding states.

I just got back — we had the Cabinet, the whole Cabinet now. Every group is coordinating really well. The bad news is this some big monster, but I think we're very well put.

Q: Message for people in the storm's path?

POTUS: Well, I hope there aren't too many people in the path. You don't want to be in that path. That's a path you don't want to be in. We tried to warn everybody. For the most part, they've left, but that's a bad path to be in.

Q: [inaudible]

POTUS: I'll be going to Florida very soon.

Q: What concerns you most?

POTUS: Just the power of those hurricanes. Probably, I saw somebody say 57 years now. Now, who knows what that means? But it's about the biggest ever recorded at land, and unfortunately, we got it.

Now, it may, we may have been a little bit lucky that it went on the west. It may not have been quite as destructive, but we're going to see how it's going to play out over the next five or six hours.

I'm going in now for meetings, but it's all about coordination. I think we're really well coordinated as well as you could possibly be. And I'll tell you what, we have great people, and a group that really deserves tremendous credit is the United States Coast Guard. What they've done — I mean, they've gone right into that, and you never know. When you go in there, you don't know if you're going to come out. They are really — if you talk about branding, no brand has improved more than the United States Coast Guard.

And FEMA, and the entire group, FEMA's been incredible. So, now we'll see what happens. Really, I think the hard part is now beginning.

Q: How much will this cost?

POTUS: Right now, we're worried about lives, not cost.

Q: Question on DACA, how will you make sure Congress legalizes DACA?

POTUS: [No answer. At this point, POTUS was heading to South Portico.]

Q: Are the storms the result of climate change?

POTUS: [No answer]

Q: What do you mean by revisiting it [DACA] if they don't?

POTUS: [No answer]


Chris Johnson
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