President Donald Trump listens to questions shouted by reporters as he walks with first lady Melania Trump to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Washington.
"I certainly think that the goal is to have bipartisan efforts and certainly legislation where you've got Republicans and Democrats both working towards it", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Trump sided with Democrats this week to raise the USA borrowing limit and keep the government operating through early December in a bid to speed federal assistance to hurricane victims.
The president also took a moment to recognize the United States Coast Guard: "No brand has improved more than the United States Coast Guard, and FEMA, the entire group, FEMA has been incredible". If it goes, I'll go with it. "Landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the-you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion", he said then.
He said Irma will "cost a lot of money" but that he's most concerned at this point with saving lives. "Right now, we are anxious about lives, not cost".
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.
"I hope there aren't too many people in the path", he said.
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At a briefing with FEMA administrator Brock Lock and Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Energy Secretary Perry said the Trump administration "tipped their hat" to FEMA for what he called an "extraordinary" storm.
Trump already has spent seven weekends at the resort since his inauguration, mingling with the club's 500 members, who pay $14,000 in annual fees.
Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged the problem - which he said is the most pressing one facing the state right now - as well as drivers' frustrations.
The path of the storm, tracking the west coast of Florida, meant it might be less destructive than it would otherwise have been, Trump said, noting the next five or six hours would be critical.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that the eye of Hurricane Irma had made landfall at Florida Keys on Sunday at 9:10 am EDT. "We need to remain vigilant".
States of emergency have been declared for Florida, South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The White House released a almost five-minute YouTube video of Mr Trump speaking to Cabinet members at the start of the meeting. "We begin to contact individuals to deploy to the disaster, we begin to look at our warehouse to see what is available", she said.
"We will have to rebuild part of our system, particularly in the western part of the state".