Trump says Puerto storm response ‘unappreciated’

Burke and Chris Rayner load generators as people buy supplies at The Home Depot on Monday Sept. 10 2018 in Wilmington N.C

Ken Blevins The Star News via AP

As Hurricane Florence gets closer and closer to the southeastern U.S., Trump is defending his administration's handling of the events past year after Hurricane Maria.

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.

We are totally prepared.

The President's refusal to ever admit a mistake and to hype his own perceived achievements struck a jarring note, even as he tried to project a smoother response to the potentially historic hurricane bearing down on the Carolinas.

"Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?"

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico past year was an "underappreciated great job".

Hurricane Maria pummelled Puerto Rico in September 2017, wreaking widespread devastation and causing US$90 billion in damages.

"The poll results were published the same day that Trump praised his administration's handling of the Hurricane Maria aftermath".

With the federal response to national disasters presenting each presidential administration with the opportunity to rise or fall in terms of public esteem, Trump used Tuesday's photo opportunity to show he was taking the threat from the storm seriously, more so than any president before him.

In a statement, the GSA Administrator for Puerto Rico, Ottmar Chávez, said FEMA "reported that it had an excess of bottled water in May 2018, before I became the agency's administrator".

A new report released August 28 estimated that 2,975 deaths were due to Hurricane Maria hitting the island. The bottles were part of relief efforts after the devastating hurricane ripped through the US territory.

To hasten evacuations in SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from the shore. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet and tremendous amounts of water". "Tremendous amount of water".

Florence is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland have all declared a state of emergency, along with the mayor of Washington, D.C.

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