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Trump: Hurricane Irma has 'absolutely historic destructive potential'

President Donald Trump delivers his weekly address on Sep. 8, 2017. (White House)

President Donald Trump is assuring Americans in the path of Hurricane Irma that the federal government is working closely with state and local officials to prepare for the storm.

“This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential,” he said in his weekly address Friday. “I ask everyone in the storm’s path to be vigilant, and to heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement.”

He also promised the nation will recover and rebuild together.

“In times such as these, we see the strength and the resolve of the American Spirit – and we see the kindness and courage of our people,” he said. “With gratitude for our first responders, and prayers for those in the storm’s path, America stands united – and I mean totally united.”

After his comments on Irma, a Category 4 hurricane expected to batter Florida and other southern states this weekend, Trump shifted gears to promoting tax reform.

“This is our chance to give American workers a level playing field, to end the rigged system that lets special interests win at the expense of the middle class, and to reestablish our economic dominance for generations to come,” he said.

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