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Trump’s back in Florida, sets Lake Okeechobee visit Friday

Updated: 12:19 EST

President Trump’s arrived back in Florida Thursday night and plans a visit to the Lake Okeechobee area today.

A White House official said he’s working on the state’s algae bloom crisis and other water quality issues with the state’s Republican leadership.

Trump’s expected to emphasize a shorter timeline to finish repairs by 2022 on the Herbert Hoover Dike. He’s working with Gov. Rick DeSantis, U.S. Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, the White House added.

“The President continues to request investment for critical Everglades’ restoration, including in the most recent budget request,” the official said.

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s event in South Florida:

“Given Trump’s Everglades budget request, he should be ashamed to even show his face in South Florida. On Wednesday, the Chief of Engineers of the Army Corps testified that Everglades restoration projects may need to ‘take a knee’ if Trump’s shabby and abysmal environmental budget were adopted.”

The Trump administration’s budget provides $63 million for Everglades restoration, less than one-third of the $200 million that is needed, Schultz’s statement said.


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