Having stirred up talk over a deal on DACA, President Donald Trump this morning left Washington en route to Fort Myers, where he’ll observe Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.
Trump, wearing a white USA cap and a dark windbreaker, will get a briefing on relief efforts at Southwest Florida International Airport, then head to Naples, where he’ll meet with people affected by Irma. He then flies back to Washington.
Joining him is First Lady Melania Trump. Vice President Mike Pence flew down separately.
Greeting them at the airport will be Gov. Rick Scott and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. UPDATE: Nelson was not there. Attorney General Pam Bondi was, however.
As Trump departed he faced questions about talks with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi over DACA, the program that protects young immigrants from deportation and gives them work permits. Trump insisted no deal had been reached but signaled he wants to protect “Dreamers” and that he would not force the border wall.
But he said any deal must include “massive border security.” A reporter shouted whether he favors “amnesty” and Trump shouted back: “The word is DACA.”