Majority of Puerto Ricans give Trump negative rating on Hurricane Maria response

Cuomo: All Trump Did Was 'Toss a Few Paper Towels' in Puerto Rico

Cuomo: All Trump Did Was 'Toss a Few Paper Towels' in Puerto Rico

The report found Puerto Rico's emergency-supply warehouses were almost empty when Hurricane Maria hit in October, without things like cots or tarps, because numerous supplies had been rerouted to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

During his visit to the island, Trump suggested Puerto Ricans were lucky Hurricane Maria wasn't a "real catastrophe" like 2005′s Hurricane Katrina.

The study concluded that the initial death toll of 64 only included those killed directly by hurricanes Maria and Irma - either by drowning, flying debris or building collapse.

At a briefing with FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Tuesday to discuss preparations for Hurricane Florence, Trump was asked about lessons learned from Maria that could be applied to storm preparation this year.

The San Juan mayor also retweeted a jab at Trump that referenced the incoming hurricane set to make landfall in the Carolinas later this week.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

This is a developing story.


They said about 4,600 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane from delayed medical care.

The George Washington University study, requested by the governor of Puerto Rico, examined an unusually long period of time following the storm in an attempt to detect the hurricane's lingering, indirect effects on mortality.

A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 52 percent of respondents said Trump did a "poor" job with his response. While 25 per cent of Harvey loans were OKed within 42 days, for Maria, that didn't happen until January 9, more than three months after the storm hit.

"What may be millions of water bottles. meant for victims of Hurricane Maria, have been sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, since past year, according to @FEMA, which confirmed the news to me", Begnaud wrote. "It was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

President Donald Trump is doubling down on his message from Tuesday. Presumably, few Puerto Rico residents, many of whom were without electricity or even water for months, were contacted during that poll.

Officials from the federal government and Puerto Rico, in emails to Reuters, on Wednesday could not say when exactly the 20,000 pallets of water arrived on the island.

"Once the transfer of water took place, the water became property of the government of Puerto Rico", FEMA said.

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