U.S. President Donald Trump – I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico

‘We did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico’, Donald Trump’

 

President Donald Trump speaks during a discussion for drug-free communities support programs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington.
Alex Brandon | AP//President Donald Trump speaks during a discussion for drug-free communities support programs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington.
Less than a day after a new report confirmed that nearly 3,000 people on Puerto Rico died as a result of Hurricane Maria in 2017, President Donald Trump said he believes his administration “did a fantastic job” responding to the storm.
Speaking Wednesday at a White House drug abuse prevention event, the president said Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, “is very happy with the job we’ve done,” and he noted that the island “had a lot of difficulties before it got hit” by the hurricane. “We have put a lot of money and a lot of effort into Puerto Rico,” Trump said, “and I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we’ve done.”

On Tuesday, a new study by researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health revised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria, originally tallied at 64, up to 2,975 — more than 40 times higher. The new death toll reflected what researchers believed to have been the number of “excess deaths” on Puerto Rico in the six months between September of 2017 and February of the following year.

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