Puerto Rican Officials Slam Trump for Claiming Response to Maria Was "Success"

Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz stands outside of the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria in San Juan

She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy".

The revelation comes at roughly the same time that Yulin Cruz appeared on CNN to bash Trump and also attacked the president in a series of tweets this week. Bush could at least plead that he did not know the full extent of FEMA's failure (1,833 people died in Katrina) when he made that unfortunate comment.

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora, a former player from Caguas, about 20 miles south of San Juan.

But in late April, the local Puerto Rican General Services Administration requested the water bottles from FEMA and began giving them out in May.

The report said numerous deaths occurred weeks later because of devastating damage to the Caribbean island's electrical grid that curbed treatment for those with life-threatening injuries or medical conditions.

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted.

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Trump reignited the controversy around the USA government's management of the disaster when he said Tuesday it was an "incredible, unsung success". I hate talking about politics and all that. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Last month, it acknowledged in a document filed to Congress that the death toll from Maria was much higher than the official total.

This admission is important, because it helps explain how death tolls work. "We try to reach the truth, and we try to understand what is damaging the people in order to prevent disease", he said. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths.

The tweets drew the ire of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan who has sharply criticized both the president and his administration's response to the storm a year ago that devastated the USA territory.

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released.

In fact, when Air Force One left Puerto Rico, the death toll stood at 45.

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures.

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