Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Donald Trump says Puerto Rico response was ‘one of the best’

Donald Trump says Puerto Rico response was ‘one of the best’

An estimated 2,975 people died in the Category 4 storm's aftermath when medical resources were strained beyond the breaking point.

This partnership survey from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation explores how Puerto Ricans are faring one year after Hurricane Maria struck the US territory. "The loss of any life is tragic", Scott continued, "the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching".

The deaths fell in two categories: direct and indirect.


" He also criticized Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan and an outspoken Trump critic, suggesting that she was responsible for the catastrophe". They included a series of severe storms that dumped a lot of rain and came with howling winds, too. In fact, the President has instead sought praise for his handling of Hurricane Maria, saying earlier this week that it was "an incredible, unsung success". Delays in restoring power led to more deaths. The General Services Administration Administrator for Puerto Rico, Ottmar Chávez, told CBS News that his agency had claimed excess water bottles for delivery from FEMA back in May, but only became aware of the bottles on Tuesday, and he now wants to return them to the agency following complaints about the water's taste and smell. The study said the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health. He also early and regularly trumpeted the initial report of deaths. He said the latest figure was more accurate and stressed that every death in the six months following the storm was not attributed to the hurricane. We are committed to the health of the population.

"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.

Rossello is a leader of the island's pro-statehood New Progressive Party, which aligns with Republicans, while Cruz is from the Popular Democratic Party, whose members affiliate with the Democratic Party.


His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response. After the total was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure.

For many, Trump's boast about "one of the best jobs that's ever been done" didn't square with their daily reality: Blackouts remain common; almost 60,000 homes are covered by only makeshift roofs; and 13 percent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service.

Puerto Rico is now facing the peak of hurricane season, with Tropical Storm Isaac expected to drop heavy rain as it passes south of the island between Thursday and Friday. "President Trump was responding to the liberal media and the San Juan Mayor who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations".


Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the GOP majority Thursday calling for the panel to request documents from the White House relating to the Puerto Rico response.

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