Trump attacked for calling Hurricane Maria response an 'incredible success'

Photos Reveal Massive Stockpile of Water Left on Tarmac in Puerto Rico for Nearly a Year While Hurricane Maria Victims Suffered

In Puerto Rico, where the estimated death toll from Hurricane Maria has ranged as high as 5,000, the Government Accountability Office said the agency's poor response was compounded by a failure to deploy enough qualified staff. And he called it "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

A study published last month from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, which was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, found that government emergency plans in place when Maria hit were not designed for hurricanes greater than a Category 1. Much of the USA territory was without power for weeks. "We're able", Trump said.

Cruz, responding to Trump's comment that Puerto Rico relief efforts were an "unsung success," told ABC News: "He never got it".

Trump, having long struggled to express empathy at times of national crises, sparked outrage when he feuded with the mayor of San Juan and passed out paper towels to victims like he was shooting baskets during his visit to the island.

"Nobody's going to be singing his praises", she added, calling the operation a "despicable act of neglect" by the Trump administration. "We were 'buying" water because they wouldn't give it to us". "Shame on President Trump".

It comes as President Trump cause outrage by claiming that the USA response to Hurricane Maria was "an incredible unsung success". 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".

"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever", Trump said of the states in the storm's path. "And so we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward".

Trump said Tuesday during a briefing on a Category 4 hurricane approaching the Eastern Seaboard that last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico was the "hardest one by far" because it happened on an island.

Hurricane Maria pummelled Puerto Rico in September 2017, wreaking widespread devastation and causing US$90 billion in damages.

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