In striking a deal with Democrats last week Trump secured billions of dollars in federal disaster relief funding, though the affected states will ultimately require exponentially more help down the road.
The president gave a strong hand shake with Sen.
"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Scott said in a statement.
"Bad, it's real bad", Keys resident Bryan Holley told NBC News.
"I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate", Trump said.
The president also used the opportunity to encourage Scott to run for the Senate. "We are not looking at citizenship".
"We're talking about taking care of people, people brought here that have done a good job".
New Hampshire Democrat defends role on Trump voting commission
Gardner did not resign, but he did use Tuesday's commission meeting as an opportunity to publicly chide Kobach for his article. The commission has operated in a secretive manner and sought information about voters from states that is clearly protected.
"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", he said.
"If we don't have the wall", he added, "we're doing nothing". Vice President Mike Pence, who traveled separately to Florida, handed out food alongside the president and first lady.
The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, near where Irma first reached the US mainland on Sunday, handed out sandwiches to resident at a feeding station under a blue shade pavilion. He is expected to shadow the president's trip, joining in on briefings by FEMA officials.
He appeared particularly delighted to see one of the residents wearing a "Trump for President" T-shirt.
Mr. Trump calls the efforts to restore power to the region "the largest assembling of human beings ever for power and rapidly it's being turned on so were very happy with that".
The visit comes as lawmakers from Florida have made appeals to their colleagues in Congress to give more disaster relief aid to FEMA, anxious that the scope of the damage in Florida will require more resources to be approved in coming weeks. He wrote, "I will be traveling to Florida tomorrow to meet with our great Coast Guard, FEMA and numerous fearless first responders & others".