Trump says Puerto storm response ‘unappreciated’

Trump says Puerto storm response ‘unappreciated’

His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response.

Francis acknowledged that Puerto Rico's infrastructure was in very poor shape at the time the hurricane hit, but she nonetheless questioned whether it was appropriate to brag about the government's response to a tragedy that left thousands dead.

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the US territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975. The study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello also criticised Trump for not providing additional federal funds still needed for emergency housing and debris removal.

In subsequent tweets Wednesday morning, Trump asserted that officials, including those at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are ready to respond, and he warned coastal residents to take precautions. "If he thinks the death of 3,000 people [is] a success God help us all", she tweeted.

"Shame on you", Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said Tuesday after Trump's boasts of success.

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In a statement, the GSA Administrator for Puerto Rico, Ottmar Chávez, said FEMA "reported that it had an excess of bottled water in May 2018, before I became the agency's administrator".

"This is not going to be a storm we recover from in days", Byard said at FEMA's headquarters in Washington. "Shame on President Trump".

A day earlier, the president praised the response to the series of storms.

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

Federal forecasters expect the storm to make landfall on Friday with 130 mile-per-hour (215 kph) winds and massive waves, with rains taking a heavy toll inland. "The time and heat has made it bad", he added. Bottom line is, we are concentrating on what we call critical lifelines - health, safety, security. "And you are killing us with the inefficiency and bureaucracy". "We are ready for the big one that is coming!" "And so we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward". They have sat in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Maria, ever since, he said in a Facebook post.

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