FEMA: Water For Hurricane Maria Relief Still At Puerto Rico Airport

FEMA: Water For Hurricane Maria Relief Still At Puerto Rico Airport

Trump also took a shot at the mayor of San Juan after she derided his claim that the administration's response to Hurricane Maria a year ago in Puerto Rico was an "incredible unsung success".

And the the federal government's relief effort was riddled with demonstrable failures: Despite receiving advance warning of the hurricane's likely landfall in Puerto Rico, the administration neglected to deploy satellite phones, generators, and reserves of food, fuel, and water in advance of the storm.

In a statement, the GSA Administrator for Puerto Rico, Ottmar Chávez, said FEMA "reported that it had an excess of bottled water in May 2018, before I became the agency's administrator".

The mayor of Ceiba, Angel Cruz Ramos, told CNN he's grateful for the generosity, but believes that too much water was delivered at the wrong time. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3,000". He also called the count a move by Democrats to make him look bad.

The Puerto Rican Vital Statistics System was offline "for some time" because of the storm, which caused some delay in death registration, though the reports were complete and accurate in the end.

"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted".

"Puerto Rico was very important".




The president also released a video telling residents in affected areas: "Get out of its way, don't play games with it - it's a big one, may be as big as they've seen". "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", Trump said.

In a series of morning tweets as Florence bore down on the Southeast U.S. coast, Trump bristled over criticism of the response to Hurricane Maria, in which 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico. He was responding to a question from a reporter about what could be learned from what happened in Puerto Rico following Maria.

Initially, only 64 people were believed to have died when Maria swept over the U.S. island territory last September.

Santana told Begnaud he knew posting the photos would enrage people, but felt it was important for the images to be shared.

Puerto Rico's government raised the official death toll from 64 people to 2,975 late last month following the publication of new research by the publication of new research by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Trump's denial that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the September 2017 storm, determined by a government report, amounts to "denial following neglect", Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted.

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