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People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro North Carolina

People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro North Carolina

As his team braces for Hurricane Florence to hit the USA east coast on Thursday (local time), Trump defended himself in the face of ongoing criticism of his administration's responses to previous hurricanes, including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September, 2017.

Almost a year after Hurricane Maria barreled across the Caribbean and devastated Puerto Rico, the island has become the focal point of a stormy political debate involving Congress and the White House over how the Trump Administration responded to the disaster.

President Donald Trump tweeted out the words of two Fox newsers Friday night to prove how great of a job he has done with Puerto Rico and to paint the local governments on the island as "corrupt".

"Our results show that Hurricane Maria was a very deadly storm, one that affected the entire island but hit the poor and the elderly the hardest", the statement read. As time went by it did not go up by much.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.

Flattened homes on the island of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The number was later raised to 64, but the government then commissioned an independent study to determine how many died because of post-storm conditions. An estimated 1,833 people died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, while 2,996 died immediately or from injuries sustained in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he said.

President Donald Trump is notorious for making false claims and denying any set of information that makes him look bad - even if it's from his own government. They said, 'Throw 'em to me!

That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in a report commissioned by the USA territory's governor, Ricardo Rossello.

"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.

"Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said on Tuesday, adding that the island was fraught with issues prior to the hurricane.

A month after the hurricanes, in October of a year ago, Congress approved at $36.5 billion disaster relief package, which included money for Puerto Rico.

According to Florida Politcs, DeSantis is scheduled Saturday to attend a Hispanic heritage event in Central Florida, where more than 1 million Puerto Ricans live.

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