Friday, 21 September, 2018

Trump praises Puerto Rico response as "unsung success"

Jay Schwartz secure plywood over the windows of their business ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence Sept. 11 2018 in Myrtle Beach S.C Joe Raedle Getty Images
Gerardo Duncan | 13 September, 2018, 18:13

But on Thursday, Trump clarified his rationale for considering the hurricane response a triumph of disaster management: Hurricane Maria killed (at most) 18 Puerto Ricans - all those other deaths were fabricated by the Democratic Party to make Donald Trump look bad. "By the way, if the federal government cares that much, they shouldn't have left it to all the journalists and universities to just have to go there and look into this, which is what ended up happening because the federal government didn't do an exact count".

The researchers pointed to several problems in the death-certification process that contributed to the island government's initial undercounting of fatalities.

"We are sparing no expense". A vast shipment of water bottles that were meant to be delivered to victims of 2017's destructive Hurricane Maria appear to be still sitting, unused one year later, on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.

President Trump listens as FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, talks about Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, right. The report said the GAO has a number of audits pending that will analyze issues such as the restoration of power in Puerto Rico.

"They say it's about as big as they have seen coming to this country, and certainly to the East Coast as they've ever seen", Trump said.

'You have people who died after the storm passed because they fell off their roof making repairs, they died in auto crashes because the stoplights were off, you have chainsaw accidents, you have accidents with people cleaning up debris, ' he said.

"Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all, because it's an island, so you can't truck things onto it, everything's by boat", he said.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was "incredibly successful".

The Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello slammed the president's comments and argued that the relationship between "a colony and the federal government" could never be successful.

Puerto Rico's governor raised the USA territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who succumbed in the aftermath had been severely undercounted. The storm, which devastated the territory last September, is also estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage.

"Puerto Rico got hit not with one hurricane, but with two".

"Nobody's going to be singing his praises", she added, calling the operation a "despicable act of neglect" by the Trump administration.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted to the president on Thursday: "Shame on you", including a picture of his tweet.

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