Trump comments sting in Puerto Rico amid slow storm recovery


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

Shortly after Maria hit previous year, Trump visited Puerto Rico and was widely criticized for tossing paper towels to storm victims in a manner seen by many as insensitive to the scope of the disaster.

Hostin further bashed the Trump administration for not doing enough to stop preventable deaths after the storm.

"It was one of the best jobs ever done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said Tuesday at a briefing, referring to the Hurricane Maria response.

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

"It's 2,975 people, and they're still calling it an estimate - 2,975 people that will never see the light of day, and many of them died because of what was done by the administration and that was silently approved by most of the political class in Puerto Rico", Cruz told CNN earlier this month.

This is an issue, Meyers said, because Trump is "the president".

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The official figure was released last month after an independent study. It was commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and was conducted by experts at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, appears far from incompetent, but in October of past year, a poll found just 32 percent of Americans thought Trump did a good job responding to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

All told, about 1,800 people died in that 2005 storm.

Officials from the federal government and Puerto Rico, in emails to Reuters, on Wednesday could not say when exactly the 20,000 pallets of water arrived on the island.

The co-host - whose family was directly impacted by the Puerto Rico storm - gave Trump a verbal pummeling while talking about reports that the administration took $10 million away from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) - and gave it to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), noted Mediaite. More than half of the workforce - 54 percent - that FEMA sent to Puerto Rico lacked proper training.

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.