"I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico," said Trump in the White House. "We are still helping Puerto Rico."
It was an optimistic outcome of his administration's handling of the natural disaster, which left many parts of the US territory without electricity for weeks, and claimed thousands of lives.
The study Puerto Ricans, who succumbed to the stifling heat and other after-effects of the storm and were not previously counted in official numbers.
Trump has dealt with his handling of the aftermath of the storm, including saying in the following days, the storm in a relatively small number of deaths compared to a "real disaster like Katrina". Hurricane Katrina, which devastated parts of Louisiana in 2005, killed about 1
He also awarded "10 out of 10" for disaster recovery efforts last year at a meeting with the Governor of Puerto Rico.
We are doing a great job? "He asked his guest."
Through all of this, Trump has claimed that the declining infrastructure and geography of Puerto Rico are obstructing the effort, saying on Wednesday that an outdated power grid and the status of the territory as an island remains difficult. 19659002] "Puerto Rico was actually more difficult because it was an island," he said. "It's a lot harder to get things onto the island."
"The Administration" We have killed the Puerto Ricans with neglect, and the Trump administration has made us believe that they will help if they are not at the same level and they have not allowed other countries to help us, "Yulín Cruz said Wednesday in CNN. Shame on President Trump. Shame on President Trump for not even once, not even yesterday, just saying, "Look, I'm mourning with the people of Puerto Rico."
Trump did not react directly to his critics on Wednesday He hoped the island would not face a similar fate this year.
"I just hope they will not be hit again because they were hit by two in a row," Trump said.
Trump's comments recalled comments by former President George W. Bush a few days after hurricane Katrina in Louisiana when Bush praised his FEMA director Michael Brown on his first visit to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina region
"Brownie 'You're doing a job,' Bush said back then.
Trump's comments on Wednesday were not the first time that he praised the federal response in Puerto Rico. And while the death toll was unknown when he commented on his previous praise, they came as disaster relief experts and local officials sounded the alarm about the slow speed of the federal response.
"Every death is a horror – But if you look at a real catastrophe, like Katrina, and you look at the monstrous hundreds and hundreds of people who have died, and you see what really happened here Storm that was just totally overpowering – no one has "I've never seen anything like it," Trump said in Puerto Rico less than two weeks after Maria's strike. "Everyone at this table and anyone who is watching can really be very proud on what happened in Puerto Rico. "
Trump not only repeatedly praised the federal response, but also brushed out the news media and critics who emphasized the slow pace of some of the break-up efforts and terrible conditions that hit most of them The island was exposed for weeks and months after the hurricane.
Ten days after the hurricane hit land, Trump scolded news about the troubled situation in Puerto Rico Series of Tweets
"Despite the fake news media associated with the Dems, an amazing job is done in Puerto Rico," Trump tweeted. "The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico and doing their best to take our soldiers and first R & # 39; s mind off shame!"
In another tweet, he suggested the mayor of San Juan, who was in the ether
"Such poor leadership qualities by the mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are unable to support their workers Help, "he tweeted.