Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Storm response in Puerto Rico 'incredibly successful,' Trump says

Storm response in Puerto Rico 'incredibly successful,' Trump says

At the time, the administration committed to a more aggressive response to storms that struck Texas, even as that situation there became more manageable and Puerto Rico desperately needed more assistance. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!" the president said in a tweet, referring to Hurricane Florence that is quickly approaching the Carolinas as a Category 4 storm.

Cuomo also indicated last week that he was going to help families sue Trump for his inaction during the storm, accusing the White House of violating Puerto Ricans' constitutional rights of equal protection under the law.

Almost 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate parts of the southeastern US coast as the powerful hurricane barrels toward the shore. Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the USA territory's official death toll from hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975. The government of Puerto Rico has embraced the estimate, which the researchers arrived at by comparing the number of deaths after the hurricane to typical death rates and adjusting for a range of variables.

The president praised the response to the series of storms that battered the United States a year ago, saying, "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success".

"We'll handle it. We're ready", Trump said in a video message distributed over Twitter.

Rossello called hurricane Maria "the worst natural disaster in our modern history" and said work still remained before they could move on to other stages of recovery.

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The federal response there was an "unsung success," said Trump on Tuesday, blaming the island's catastrophe on an electric grid and generating plant that "was dead before the storm ever hit".

Cruz was among those who criticized Trump's assertion Tuesday that the federal government's response to Maria was a success, saying his comments added "insult to injury".

While defending the handling of the previous storm, he urged caution in regards to the new one bearing down on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority", Trump said in the Oval Office at the conclusion of a briefing by the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We are totally prepared. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet", he said.

Connolly's home state of Virginia is also in the storm's path. Trump has declared states of emergency for all three states. "Tremendous amount of water". North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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