On Monday, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced that President Trump is eager to visit the territory “within the next six or seven days” to help with recovery efforts and boost morale.
Hurricane Irma’s fury and wrath resulted in four deaths and widespread damage on the Virgin Islands — which slammed the tiny island as a Category 4 storm. A White House spokeswoman noted that no travel plans to the Virgin Islands are final yet — but they will be announced soon.
Gov. Mapp said the president wants “to see firsthand the damages of the territory, and to get on-ground reports of the federal operation, to ensure that the people of the Virgin Islands are receiving recovery as fast as humanly possible, and that the assets of the federal government were being appropriately deployed.”
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert was quite confident Monday about the recovery efforts in the territory. “I am doubling down on my assertion that this is the best integrated, full-scale response effort in our nation’s history,” Bossert said at a White House press briefing. “This has been a large event, and you’re going to see a lot of positive stories from it.”
Part of the response includes what Bossert described as the largest naval flotilla operation “in our nation’s history.”
Here are clips of 175mph winds blasting the Virgin Islands:
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