Hurricane Irma: Trump offers ‘full resources’ in call with Florida Gov. Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency and President Donald Trump has pledged “the full resources of the federal government” to help the state prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in the state on Monday afternoon and spoke with President Donald Trump by telephone late Monday night as Category 4 Hurricane Irma barrels westward with Florida in its potential path.

Part-time Palm Beach resident Trump and Scott spoke at 10:20 p.m. Monday, according to the governor’s office.

“Just spoke to @POTUS – he offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma,” Scott tweeted afterward.

Follow The Palm Beach Post’s incomparable Kimberly Miller for Hurricane Irma coverage.

Her must-follow Twitter feed is @KMillerWeather.

 

You won’t believe who’s targeting Donald Trump voters now

“A lot of these (Trump) voters were not Republicans and the whole goal is to convert them to Republicans and get them engaged as Republicans,” say Palm Beach County GOP State Committeeman Joe Budd, shown here in 2016. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Even after Donald Trump beat two Florida favorite sons to win the state’s Republican presidential primary, then captured the GOP nomination and the White House itself, the president and his supporters are seen as an exotic species by many in the Republican Party.

The Palm Beach County GOP has appointed a “Trump outreach coalition chair” and the Republican Party of Florida has encouraged the formation of local “Trump Republican Clubs” around the state to try to persuade Trump supporters to turn out for GOP candidates in 2018 when Trump himself isn’t on the ballot.

“A lot of these (Trump) voters were not Republicans and the whole goal is to convert them to Republicans and get them engaged as Republicans,” explains Joe Budd, an early Trump supporter who’s now the Republican state committeeman for Palm Beach County.

Read about the GOP efforts — and the parallel between supporters of Trump and supporters of Barack Obama — by clicking here.

What’s the deal with that anti-Trump billboard on the way to Mar-a-Lago?

You can’t miss this billboard if you’re driving from Trump International Golf Club to Mar-a-Lago. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

CLOUD LAKE — A little more than 2 miles from President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club, along a route the president’s motorcade frequently travels, a new billboard calls for his impeachment.

Find out who’s behind it — and what Palm Beach County GOP chairman has to say about it — by clicking here.