Trump Blames ‘Inaccessible’ Puerto Rico for Hurricane Deaths of 2975 - Internet Explodes

Huge stockpile of water FEMA brought to Puerto Rico was never distributed

Ricardo Rosselló, the Governor of Puerto Rico, responded on Tuesday night saying "no relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called a success".

The president added that his administration "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".

All told, about 1,800 people died in that 2005 storm.

The Commander-in-Chief reiterated remarks Wednesday morning, defending his administration's handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico despite the massive loss of life.

The mayor of San Juan, the capital of the United States commonwealth of more than three million people, was outraged.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 2017.Initial figures from authorities recorded 64 deaths however last month the USA territory estimated the death toll stood at 2,975, making it the deadliest storm to have hit Puerto Rico since the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane.

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".

The President praised the job FEMA and law enforcement did in Puerto Rico as "an incredible, unsung success".

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"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted". @FEMA has had/known about this water - as have many of us here in Puerto Rico - since early 2018.

The report also found FEMA had been understaffed going into the hurricane season and that most specialized disaster staffers were deployed to the other storms when Maria struck.

Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.

Trump was being briefed by the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

Trump said Tuesday that Tropical Storm Isaac, which had been downgraded from hurricane status overnight, now poses a threat to Puerto Rico. "We are sparing no expense".

Florence is nearing the Carolina coast with powerful winds and drenching rain.

"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. North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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