Trump touts 'unappreciated great job' in Puerto Rico, slams San Juan mayor

Huge stockpile of water FEMA brought to Puerto Rico was never distributed

Huge stockpile of water FEMA brought to Puerto Rico was never distributed

"Isn't that indicative of who he is and what he stands for?"

"We're ready. We're as ready as anybody has ever been", he said.

"John Berman said "[Trump] wouldn't acknowledge a failure no matter what.

President Trump upset folks on Tuesday by again patting his administration on the back for a job well done in Puerto Rico.

"We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)", Trump tweeted.

The president's remarks drew swift backlash from the island and the mainland as Trump sought to assure the public his administration was "ready as anybody has ever been" for the powerful 500-mile wide Hurricane Florence swirling toward the Carolinas.


"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen, and tremendous amounts of water", Trump said. But after visiting the island last September, Trump said that Puerto Ricans were fortunate that the storm did not yield a catastrophe akin to the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. "You never know. But we know". "It will go. We want everybody to be safe", he tweeted in text and video. "Get out of the storm's way". The government of Puerto Rico has embraced the estimate, which the researchers arrived at by comparing the number of deaths after the hurricane to typical death rates and adjusting for a range of variables.

A study published last month from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, which was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, found that government emergency plans in place when Maria hit were not designed for hurricanes greater than a Category 1.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello also criticised Trump for not providing additional federal funds still needed for emergency housing and debris removal.

The administration's efforts in Puerto Rico were widely criticized as slow and insufficient. "It is certainly not a successful relationship", Rosselló said in a statement.

He suggested disaster recovery should be a "whole community effort".

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