President Trump will pay a visit to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this month to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Irma and discuss disaster relief efforts with local leaders.
"Just got confirmation that [Trump] will be visiting Puerto Rico to see firsthand effects of Irma and the relief efforts," the island's Democratic governor, Ricardo Rossello, tweeted Thursday while the president was visiting Irma victims in Fort Myers, Fla.
Rossello added he was "grateful" for the president's upcoming visit.
Just got confirmation that @realDonaldTrump will be visiting #PuertoRico to see firsthand effects of #Irma & the relief efforts. #Grateful pic.twitter.com/BBySO2q8tC— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) September 14, 2017
Irma pummelled through Puerto Rico and Florida last Saturday morning, causing significant damage to homes in the direct path of the Category 4 hurricane.
The New York Times reported Sunday nearly 70 percent of residents in the U.S. territory were left without power in the wake of the storm.
Trump has already visited Houston where severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of Texans displaced from their homes. He and Vice President Pence also traveled to Florida on Thursday to meet with Gov. Rick Scott and victims of Irma.
En route back to Washington from Florida on Thursday, Trump told reporters he plans on visiting the Virgin Islands as well as Puerto Rico.
"I spoke to both governors. We've got it very well covered. Virgin Islands was really hit," he said. "They were hit about as hard as I've ever seen. But the Virgin Islands were hit. But I'll be going there at the end of the week or the beginning of the following week."