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Trump comments sting in Puerto Rico amid slow storm recovery

Trump comments sting in Puerto Rico amid slow storm recovery”

Given the complaints, the Puerto Rican government decided not to distribute more of the water, according to a statement by Carlos Mercader, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. And he called it "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

Two weeks ago, the death toll from September 2017's Hurricane Maria was increased to more than 46 times the previous official government tally. The study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures. Delays in restoring power led to more deaths.

"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", the president said.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan and a fierce critic of Trump and his response to Hurricane Maria, said his comments added "insult to injury". The most the president did during the crisis in Puerto Rico, Cuomo suggested, was "toss a few rolls of paper towels" to residents and fly back to Washington.

Calling it "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump is ignoring what was, in fact, a awful response that cost more lives than what the storm death toll originally claimed.

A day earlier, the president praised the response to the series of storms.

The co-host - whose family was directly impacted by the Puerto Rico storm - gave Trump a verbal pummeling while talking about reports that the administration took $10 million away from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) - and gave it to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), noted Mediaite. "The time and heat has made it bad", he said. Bottom line is, we are concentrating on what we call critical lifelines - health, safety, security. "We love you all". "If we did that, we're going to fess up to it". "And so we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward".

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.

Ottmar Chavez, the new secretary of the island's General Services Administration, said at a news conference that Puerto Rican officials requested the water from the USA government and were supposed to pick it up in late May.



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