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Trump Insults Puerto Rico Mayor Following Hurricane Maria Remarks

Trump Insults Puerto Rico Mayor Following Hurricane Maria Remarks”

Fox News host Melissa Francis on Wednesday called out President Donald Trump after he boasted about the "great job" his administration did past year in responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Last month she described Mr Trump's handling of Maria as a "stain on his presidency". He is the one who gave out the A+ ratings. And he called it "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

Ms Cruz shot back: "If he thinks the death of 3,000 people is a success God help us all".

Trump said in an early morning tweet that his administration 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)".

The government's top disaster response official, Federal Emergency Management Agency head Brock Long, told reporters that residents in areas likely to be affected should not under-estimate the threat. The storm is also estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage.

"I love Puerto Rico!" he concluded.

"In light of this, we have been in contact with FEMA and the Department of Health to test the water inventory received by the federal agency. If we were another state, the response would have been much faster". From Sept. 30 to October 7, not one of those checks was approved.

The administration's efforts in Puerto Rico received widespread criticism.

For Maria, there was a large gap between when the first loan was approved and when loans started ramping up.

This comes after recent reports found that almost 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of last year's storm.

Overall, compared with Harvey and Irma, Maria saw more funds loaned to homeowners rather than business owners. More than half of the workforce - 54 percent - that FEMA sent to Puerto Rico lacked proper training.

The Puerto Rican government revised Hurricane Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 last month following the study.

But after about 700 pallets had been distributed, complaints began to come in about the water's foul smell and taste, Chavez said in a statement.

Bernie Sanders added:"Nearly 3,000 people died". 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.

His latest remarks once again dredged up those same hurt feelings.



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