After arriving in Fort Myers, Mr Trump said: "When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number".
"It's a team like very few people have seen", Trump said, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen.
It cautioned that although it was set to weaken further, Irma was expected to remain a hurricane at least through early Monday. "So I hope he runs for the Senate", Trump said. My thanks and appreciation go out to our great local, state and federal first responders, energy linemen and women, and local, state and federal government employees who have worked tirelessly to prepare and respond to this event.
Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, remain without power.
President Donald Trump doled out hoagies and handshakes in the sweltering Florida heat on Thursday as he took a firsthand tour of Irma's devastation and liberally dispensed congratulatory words about the federal and state recovery effort.
Trump returned to Texas and stopped in Louisiana on September 2 where he visited a shelter and spoke with some of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
This is Trump's third visit in less than three weeks to a hurricane-damaged state.
Shortly after, first lady Melania Trump tweeted that she would accompany her husband to Florida on Thursday.
In the city of Hollywood, north of Miami, police are investigating the deaths of eight nursing home residents.
"Millions are still without power across the southeastern United States as recovery efforts continue".
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that more than 38,000 federal personnel are now working to respond to Hurricane Irma, including staff from the military and civilian agencies.More news: The voter fraud commission is chasing shadows in New Hampshire