Trump says administration is 'absolutely and totally prepared' for Hurricane Florence

Trump says administration is 'absolutely and totally prepared' for Hurricane Florence
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE said Tuesday his administration is "absolutely and totally prepared" to respond to Hurricane Florence, which is expected to cause widespread devastation on the East Coast.

"Everybody is ready," Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews after returning from a Sept. 11 memorial event in Pennsylvania.

The president is seeking to show preparation in advance of the storm after facing enormous backlash over his handling of Hurricane Maria, which left more than 3,000 people dead last year in Puerto Rico.


Trump has scrapped two campaign rallies planned for later this week and is expected to receive a hurricane preparedness briefing later Tuesday with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenImmigrant advocacy groups seek restraining order to block Trump asylum policy The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration 2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report MORE and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long.

Hurricane Florence has intensified in recent days, becoming a Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts. The National Hurricane Center called the storm "extremely dangerous" and more than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate those areas.

Trump on Monday issued a warning to people in the storm's path.

"My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years. Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" he tweeted.