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

10 September, 2017, 13:20 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Looters 'armed with machetes and guns' ransack hotels on St Maarten after Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, requisite preparations are underway at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach private club and so-called "Winter White House" owned by U.S. president Donald Trump.

An estimated 125,000 people live in the area surrounding the resort and all of Florida is under a state of emergency.

Mar-a-Lago is an exclusive social club, with a property that stretches east to west across the island.

The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Mar-a-Lago - the "Winter White House" - was evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma's landfall.

The structure has existed since 1927, when it was built for Marjorie Merriweather Post, a food industry heiress - Trump later bought the club in 1985 for $5 million.

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We are still in the cone of uncertainty at this point so we need to prepare for a possible impact from this unsafe storm. Among the most intense storms on record, it only trails Hurricane Allen in 1980 which had winds of 190 miles per hour.

Then there are those who hope Irma misses Mar-a-Lago completely, but just because they want Tropical Storm Jose - a more Hispanic-sounding name than "Irma" - to take aim at the estate. Even in 1992, when the historic Hurricane Andrew cost Florida about $25 billion in damage at the time, there was relatively little damage around Palm Beach. If it goes, I'll go with it.

"The damage in the Caribbean and beyond is absolutely devastating and we are still assessing the situation at our property in St. Martin".

Trump purchased Mar-a-Lago for $10 million and has already received $17 million in insurance payouts for hurricane damages. The storm wreaked havoc on Barbuda, where 95 percent of the island's buildings were left damaged Irma.

Trump has not commented on the evacuation of his property, though he has been active in tweeting about Irma.

"We continue to send thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and are praying for those that are in the path of Hurricane Irma", the statement concluded.

Hurricane Irma crashed through the Turks and Caicos islands on Thursday and is expected to arrive in Florida on Saturday with winds of up to 185 miles per hour.

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