Trump Praises ‘Unsung Success’ of Puerto Rico Response: ‘One of the Best Jobs That’s Ever Been Done’


In talking to reporters about Hurricane Florence this afternoon, President Donald Trump once again defended the federal government response to the disaster in Puerto Rico.

As a reminder, the death toll was recently updated from less than 100 to a shocking 2975 people. After that came out late last month Trump said the government response was “fantastic.”

FEMA Administrator Brock Long briefly spoke to reporters about the Florence preparations. One reporter asked about the lessons learned from the Puerto Rico response, and that’s when POTUS said this:

“I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful. Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all because it’s an island, so you can’t truck things onto it, everything’s by boat. We moved a hospital into Puerto Rico, a tremendous military hospital in the form of a ship. You know that. And I actually think and the governor has been very nice––if you ask the governor, he’ll tell you what a great job. I think probably the hardest one we had by far was Puerto Rico because of the island nature, and I actually think it was one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about.”

“The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico I think was tremendous,” he concluded. “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible unsung success. Texas, we have been given A-pluses for. Florida, we’ve been given A-pluses for. I think in a certain way the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that. It’s harder to understand. It was a very hard thing to do because of the fact they had no electric––before the storms hit, it was dead, as you probably know. So we’ve gotten a lot of receptivity, a lot of thanks for what we did in Puerto Rico.”

You can watch the clip above, via CNN.

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