Trump disputes Puerto Rico storm death toll, blames Democrats


President Donald Trump is calling the USA government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico "incredibly successful" even though a recent federal report found that almost 3,000 people died.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told CBS News that the water was distributed to the central government of Puerto Rico as part of hurricane relief efforts past year.

"Shame on President Trump for not even once. just saying, 'Look, I grieve with the people of Puerto Rico'". As time went by it did not go up by much. Last month, the New York Times reported that 10 trailers of food and other supplies were found rotting in a parking lot in Puerto Rico, where they were devoured by rats. Trump blamed Democrats for reporting large figures in order to make him look bad.

Previous reports from the Puerto Rican government said the number was closer to 1,400.

Media captionMonths after Maria, many on this United States island still suffered in the dark What have Puerto Rican officials said? "The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico I think was tremendous".

The president's comments came as he and FEMA Administrator Brock Long provided an update on Hurricane Florence, a category four storm expected to hit North or South Carolina Thursday night.

"The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and un-American. We're ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been". The book is filled with interviews with people who, while believing Trump is unfit for office, still work for him and claim that they are able to manage him.

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"Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all because it's an island, you can't truck things onto it, everything's by boat".

As the nation prepares for another potentially devastating storm with Hurricane Florence barreling towards the east coast, Puerto Rico has still not recovered from 2017's Hurricane Maria. The bottles were part of relief efforts after the devastating hurricane ripped through the US territory.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello said in a statement this week that Maria was "the worst natural disaster in our modern history". It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The elderly and impoverished were hardest hit by the hurricane.

"Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he tweeted.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, directly blamed Trump for the deaths in addition to lack of preparedness from the government on the federal and local level.