Trump Blames ‘Inaccessible’ Puerto Rico for Hurricane Deaths of 2975 - Internet Explodes

Lester Mason
September 13, 2018

"The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority", Trump said in the Oval Office at the conclusion of a briefing by the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "You never know. But we know". "Everybody should get out".

While defending the handling of the previous storm, he urged caution in regards to the new one bearing down on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"They say it's about as big as they've seen coming to this country and certainly to the East Coast, as they've ever seen", Trump said in a video published to his Twitter account earlier in the day.

It is ranked as the third costliest storm for the United States since 1900.

"This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm", Long said.

There is quite of bit of certainty in the tracking forecast, replied Brock when asked by the president whether Florence could veer off course away from coastal areas.

"These are going to be state-wide events; the hazards will be state-wide", he added. Maria was a Category 4 with 154 miles per hour winds.


A Walmart in Mt. But after visiting the island last September, Trump said that Puerto Ricans were fortunate that the storm did not yield a catastrophe akin to the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. "Shame on President Trump".

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the US territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.

The president has consistently applauded the Maria response, even as the estimates of deaths in Puerto Rico caused by the storm have climbed from 64 to 2,975 people, making it the deadliest hurricane to hit America in more than a century.

But perhaps worst of all is the fact that Trump is using words like "tremendous" and "success" to describe a response to a storm that ultimately killed nearly 3,000 people, more than the roughly 1,800 killed by Hurricane Katrina and about the same number of people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Workers cover the windows of the historic Charleston County Courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, in preparation for the advancing Hurricane Florence, Sept. 11, 2018.

"I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said Tuesday of the response in Puerto Rico, suggesting that it was made more hard by the "island nature" of the storm site.

Nervous officials also are keeping an eye on a third Atlantic storm, Helene, but it is not expected to have an impact on land in the coming days as it moves north over open water.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER