Trump Calls Puerto Rico Hurricane Response a ‘Success’ Just Weeks After Staggering New Death Toll

President Donald Trump called the response to the hurricane in Puerto Rico that was estimated to have killed thousands of people an “unsung success” on Tuesday.

A new report released Aug. 28 estimated that 2,975 deaths were due to Hurricane Maria hitting the island. Before the report, the estimation was that only 64 people died, which many criticized was too low of a number.

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The number included deaths that were both directly and indirectly attributed to the storm between September 2017 and February of this year.

The president reasoned that the response to Hurricane Maria was a success because the power grid was damaged before the storm and Puerto Rico’s geography made it especially difficult to provide aid. Trump called the response “tremendous.”

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The U.S. government is bracing for another destructive storm, as Hurricane Florence is set to make landfall in North and South Carolina this weekend.

More than 1.5 million people in the path of Florence have been ordered to evacuate their homes. The Category 4 hurricane is expected to be the worst storm to hit the region in nearly 30 years.

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.

Authorities have warned the storm will be destructive and possibly life-threatening.

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