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President Trump Calls Response to Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria an 'Unsung Success'

President Trump Calls Response to Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria an 'Unsung Success'

She was the local official most vocal about the need for a more robust federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where researchers have estimated there were almost 3,000 excess deaths after the storm. "Nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Isn't that indicative of who he is and what he stands for?"

Long continued: "We are hyper-focused on those seven critical lifelines because we realized previous year that if any one of those lifelines goes down, then life safety is in jeopardy".

"John Berman said "[Trump] wouldn't acknowledge a failure no matter what. He also said he was still waiting for Trump to respond to a petition to help Puerto Rico complete work on emergency housing restoration programs and debris removal.

In a further statement, Wednesday, Trump said his administration did an "unappreciated great job" in supporting Puerto Rico despite the inaccessibility of the island, poor electricity and an "incompetent mayor".

In a series of tweets this morning, Trump said FEMA and others are ready for Florence, but warned residents in the affected area to get out.

More news: Trump says response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was ‘underappreciated’

The report also found FEMA had been understaffed going into the hurricane season and that most specialized disaster staffers were deployed to the other storms when Maria struck. "It will go. We want everybody to be safe", he tweeted in text and video. "You know, we've got food, shelter, health and medical, power and fuel, communications, transportation, hazardous waste", he told reporters on a conference call on Hurricane Lane preparations last month. "Get out of the storm's way".

Hurricane Maria hit on September 20, 2017, and is estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage.

Earlier this month, the island's governor formally raised the death toll from the 2017 storm to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at George Washington University.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency itself has acknowledged that it was ill-prepared for the storm. "It is certainly not a successful relationship".

"Now is not the time to pass judgment; it is time to channel every effort to improve the lives of over 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico", Rosselló said.


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