President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned people in the path of Hurricane Michael that the storm is like “a big tornado.”
The president on Tuesday received a briefing in the Oval Office about the storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.
“It’s almost the entire size of the gulf,” Trump observed. “And they haven’t seen that, maybe they haven’t seen that at all. Nobody’s seen that before.”
The president said that he would likely visit the area on Sunday after the storm passes.
“We want to get down there as soon as possible,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t want to go down where we’re interfering with the people, the first responders, the FEMA people. I want them to focus on the storm, not me.”
According to reporters who were in the room, Trump explained that the hurricane was like a “massive” tornado.
“It’s like a big tornado, a massive tornado,” the president remarked, adding: “I say God bless you all.”
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