FEMA: Water For Hurricane Maria Relief Still At Puerto Rico Airport

Trump says his response to the hurricane that killed almost 3,000 people was 'incredibly successful'

Trump says his response to the hurricane that killed almost 3,000 people was 'incredibly successful'

Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia said that if President Donald Trump thinks his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was a success, "God only knows what he would think a failure would be".

President Trump on Wednesday leveled a fresh attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz as he continued to defend his administration's response to the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico a year ago and asserted readiness for the one now barreling toward the Carolinas. It will be arriving soon.

Earlier this month, the governor of Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority was under bankruptcy protection and some parts of the island that lost power during Hurricane Irma hadn't had electricity restored before Maria hit.

"The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and un-American". "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success".

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. "This is not going to be a storm we recover from in days".

Researchers, if not Trump, have blamed Hurricane Maria and its aftermath for almost 3K deaths that followed in Puerto Rico.

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He called Maria "the worst natural disaster in our modern history" and said many people are still struggling. "And I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

His comments were also noticed by San Juan's mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has regularly criticized the administration's response to the disaster since the storm's landfall previous year.

"The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority, " Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

The president also sent two tweets - one featuring a video message - warning people of the danger of Hurricane Florence as it approaches the East Coast, and assuring residents that emergency responders are prepared.

"We're as ready as anybody's ever been", he told reporters at the White House.

"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever", Trump said of the states in the storm's path. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet", he said. North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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