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

Lamar Ellis
September 13, 2018

"Potentially, Hurricane Isaac right now is tracking south of the island, but we are - we had several thousand people inside Puerto Rico right now working on long-term recovery that has shifted to the response mode to monitor, as Isaac passes to the south", Long replied.

The president raised eyebrows Tuesday when he touted the response efforts in a meeting to go over preparations for the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence inching toward the Carolinas. "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he had said.

The Puerto Rican government revised Hurricane Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 last month following the study.

Trump on Tuesday, alongside Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, said the island's electric grid had been already "in bad shape".

"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico", Trump continued.

"Nobody is singing his praises because we all saw what happened", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told The Associated Press.

CEIBA, Puerto Rico - The stockpile of bottled water stretches down an unused runway in Ceiba.

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Per CNN, the higher figure is "based on the findings of researchers from George Washington University in a study commissioned by the USA commonwealth's government".

The official figure was released last month after an independent study.

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.

But perhaps worst of all is the fact that Trump is using words like "tremendous" and "success" to describe a response to a storm that ultimately killed nearly 3,000 people, more than the roughly 1,800 killed by Hurricane Katrina and about the same number of people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The emergency supplies were brought in by FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which smashed the island and left its residents without power, without roofs and without running water.

"It's humiliating, it's embarrassing for our country, and I don't think this president cares", Hostin said heatedly.

"Once the transfer of water took place, the water became property of the government of Puerto Rico", FEMA said.

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