"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico", Trump continued. Only 15 percent said Trump's response to Hurricane Maria, which killed more than 3,000 residents after making landfall in September 2017, was "excellent", "very good" or "good".
Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the USA territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.
At a briefing with FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Tuesday to discuss preparations for Hurricane Florence, Trump was asked about lessons learned from Maria that could be applied to storm preparation this year.
With Hurricane Florence fast approaching the southeastern USA and due to make landfall on Thursday, Trump pointed to his administration's emergency preparedness, saying he handled the situation in Puerto Rico well, despite what critics said.
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Per CNN, the higher figure is "based on the findings of researchers from George Washington University in a study commissioned by the United States commonwealth's government".
George Washington University also counted those who died in the six months following the storm as a result of poor healthcare provision and a lack of electricity and clean water. "We're able", Trump said.
That reignited a longstanding feud between the mayor and Trump, who fired back calling her "totally incompetent" and saying the USA government "did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico". "I think in a certain way, the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that".
In Maria's aftermath, according to FEMA data analyzed by the AP, approvals for individual assistance checks in Puerto Rico were slower compared with what happened with large storms previous year. The Commander-in-Chief reiterated remarks Wednesday morning, defending his administration's handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico despite the massive loss of life.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday night that President Donald Trump's administration took almost $10 million funds from FEMA's budget and transferred to ICE ahead of the hurricane season this summer, according to documents provided by Sen.
"We think the federal government can solve everything, and it really can't", he said.
Federal officials initially indicated the pallets were stored in a warehouse, not outside, Héctor M Pesquera, secretary of Puerto Rico's Department of Public Security, said in a statement.
That assessment brought sharp rebukes from officials in Puerto Rico and congressional Democrats.