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

President Donald Trump talks about Hurricane Florence following a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday Sept. 11 2018

Other critics pointed out that even the Federal Emergency Management Agency released a report earlier this year admitting its failings. "We are totally prepared".

Long continued: "We are hyper-focused on those seven critical lifelines because we realized a year ago that if any one of those lifelines goes down, then life safety is in jeopardy".

The president, flanked by maps of the storm and the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Florence was unlikely to change course before it is expected to make landfall with 130 miles per hour winds and potentially ruinous rains in the coming days. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet". During a visit to the island last September, Trump tossed paper towels into a crowd and told Puerto Rican officials that they should be proud the damage did not compare to the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which he described as a "real catastrophe". Much of the USA territory was without power for weeks.

"We do not want to see Hurricane Isaac hit Puerto Rico", he said. Pleasant, South Carolina is and barricaded, after Gov. Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation due to Hurricane Florence, Sept. 11, 2018.

The massive hurricane, now a category 4, is forecast to hit the Carolinas with winds potentially reaching 130 miles per hour.

The pictures emerged on Tuesday after President Trump began praising the government's response to Maria during a meeting with top DHS and FEMA officials.


At the same time Florence is expected to make its landfall, another storm, Isaac, is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea.

The National Hurricane Center expects Isaac to weaken to a tropical storm by Friday and Saturday as it moves near or south of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, seized on Trump's use of the word "successful" and said in a statement issued later Tuesday: "No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called "successful" because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states".

A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 52 percent of respondents said Trump did a "poor" job with his response.

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