Trump comments sting in Puerto Rico amid slow storm recovery

Sergio Conner
September 13, 2018

And he called it "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released. Power was only restored to the island in August, about a year after the storm hit.

None of that is true, Meyers said, including the part about Puerto Rico being inaccessible ("There's a Jet Blue flight there every half hour", he noted), but it's not surprising that Trump is having a hard time calming people down because he is so freaked out over Bob Woodward's new book, Fear.

That reignited a longstanding feud between the mayor and Trump, who fired back calling her "totally incompetent" and saying the US government "did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico".

Trump's comments come as Hurricane Florence, now a category 2 storm, hurtles towards the Carolina coast, threatening millions in its path.

"Nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria".

"The administration killed the Puerto Ricans with neglect", she added. "They are treating us like second-class citizens".

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office meeting on hurricane preparations for Hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018.

Co-host Abby Huntsman - new to the program - pushed back on Trump's remarks, saying they were "indefensible" and "out of touch", and that his response was reminiscent of the Bush administration's approach to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, killed an estimated 3,000 people in the USA territory and some officials there were critical of Trump's claim of a successful aid effort.

And Long said FEMA had made changes to some of its priorities and procedures. This trend, which started in 2014 when the United Nations report confirmed a total of 783.7 million people went through severe food insecurity, is continuing to grow among adults and children.

Officials from the federal government and Puerto Rico, in emails to Reuters, on Wednesday could not say when exactly the 20,000 pallets of water arrived on the island.

Hundreds of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are still sitting at a Puerto Rico airport - almost a year after the deadly storm, according to a report.

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