Trump to View Hurricane Damage, Rally Supporters in Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Florida to tour areas impacted by Hurricane Michael, and to attend a political rally, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is set to view recovery efforts in the Florida Panhandle following last year’s Hurricane Michael, as well as lingering damage from the devastating Category 5 storm.

Trump on Wednesday was headed to Tyndall Air Force Base, which itself was severely affected by the hurricane, ahead of a reelection rally in nearby Panama City Beach.

The area has received about $1.1 billion in federal disaster aid through mid-April, but disagreements in Washington have left many still struggling to recover from the storm.

The campaign rally comes as Trump and congressional Democrats are locked in a bitter fight over constitutional powers related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and probes into the president’s tax returns.