President Trump, Cabinet gathered for updates as Hurricane Irma neared Florida

Posted September 11, 2017

"Right now, we're anxious about lives, not cost".

President Donald Trump reiterated his warning that those in the path of Hurricane Irma need to get out of its way in remarks to his Cabinet at Camp David on Saturday.

Today, Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump will be hosting a weekend meeting of Cabinet officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, at Camp David in Maryland, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday during a White House press briefing.

As many as 5.6 million people have been evacuated after Irma's landfall in Cuba. He thanked FEMA and the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the agency, for their efforts.

Trump also spoke with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee - four states in Irma's path.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott mentioned the call to CNN anchor Jake Tapper on "State of the Union".

Pence and the Cabinet secretaries later visited FEMA headquarters.

"Every resource of the federal government is being brought to bear to support state and local efforts", said Pence on Sunday.

He talked to Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, where Irma made landfall early Sunday as a category 4 storm with winds up to 130 miles per hour.

"Clearly the briefing that we received at Camp David this morning caused the president to have great concern for the impact of this storm moving up the west coast and the potential through heavy winds and storm surge to compromise cities and compromise lives", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters. "And as I've been saying, paperwork and money's not going to get in the way of us mobilizing and saving lives".

From Texas to Louisiana, from Florida to Puerto Rico, and always the U.S. Virgin Islands, and everywhere in between that has been affected by these bad storms: "we will endure and come back stronger than ever before", the president said. "Safety must come first to worry about", the president said addressing the United States citizens in a video from the meeting, released on his Twitter page.

"We've never seen anything like this", he said, pledging - as he did after Hurricane Harvey - that recovery and rebuilding will happen quickly.