Trump Insults Puerto Rico Mayor Following Hurricane Maria Remarks

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President Trump is defending his administration's response to past hurricanes in Texas and Florida as backlash continues to spread over his comments that the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was an "unsung success." The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, appears far from incompetent, but in October of a year ago, a poll found just 32 percent of Americans thought Trump did a good job responding to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

"Now is not the time to pass judgment; it is time to channel every effort to improve the lives of over 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico", Rosselló said. "The Trump administration led us to believe they were helping when they weren't up to par, and they didn't allow other countries to help us".

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. She was the local official most vocal about the need for a more robust federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where researchers have estimated there were almost 3,000 excess deaths after the storm.

The storm, which devastated the territory last September, is also estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage.

Cruz quickly responded, implying that the president was out of touch with what had really happened in Puerto Rico.

In April 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported the water was sitting unused, Ottmar Chávez, administrator of Puerto Rico's General Services Administration, said in a statement. The massive number was revealed in late August after the Puerto Rican government claimed for nearly a year that only 64 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

"Shame on you", Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said Tuesday after Trump's boasts of success. "We are sparing no expense. We are totally prepared".

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

The president's remarks drew swift backlash from the island and the mainland as Trump sought to assure the public his administration was "ready as anybody has ever been" for the powerful 500-mile wide Hurricane Florence swirling toward the Carolinas.

Santana, who posted the photos to his Facebook on Tuesday, said he first saw the bottles there in either October or November of past year. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet", he said. "Tremendous amount of water". North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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