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    I would LOVE to hear anybody's justification of describing of an obviously inadequate government response to a disaster that claimed almost 3,000 lives(after the WH lied like scum and tried to claim fewer than 100 died for a long time), more than even Katrina, was "an incredible unsung success." Lying, fly infested turd.

    Trump says Puerto Rico response was 'an incredible unsung success' ahead of Hurricane Florence

    • By Meridith McGraw,
    • Alexander Mallin
    • Meghan Keneally

    Sep 11, 2018, 6:11 PM E

    President Trump called his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — where an independent study suggests nearly 3,000 people may have died — an "incredible unsung success."


    "I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful. Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all because it is an island," Trump said Tuesday in the Oval Office, noting that boats were deployed to deliver supplies to island residents.
    "I actually think it is one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about," he added.
    A recent study from independent researchers prompted Puerto Rican officials to raise the official death toll on the island from Hurricane Maria to 2,975 people from the original estimate of 64.
    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has been critical of the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria, blasted Trump's newest boast in a Tweet on Tuesday.



    Trump made his comments as the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency briefed White House officials on the agency's preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.
    "We're all ready. FEMA is ready. Everybody's ready. I think most importantly the people are ready. We're all ready for it. Everybody is standing by,” Trump said earlier to reporters, following a 9/11 event in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. “There's a chance it could be a very bad one. We're absolutely prepared."
    But as residents along the coastline board up their homes, stock up on water and evacuate flood zones, the federal government is at work preparing for what some forecasters predict could be the worst storm to hit the East Coast in decades. Last year’s devastating hurricane season produced behemoth storms like Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, and the Trump administration faced criticism over its preparedness and response.
    This year, the Trump administration faces another test.
    “Disasters by their nature are unpredictable. We don’t know where they’re going to go, and as the shocking debate over the death toll count in Puerto Rico shows, getting information after disasters can also be difficult,” said Patrick Roberts, a professor in the School of Public Affairs at Virginia Tech, who studies disaster management. He noted that last year FEMA was stretched thin because of the back-to-back storms. “Disasters should bring out our humility.”
    “One good thing now compared to some of the other things is that the Carolinas have pretty good state-level emergency operations and at the federal level there's Fort Bragg, the military base, that has logistical capability and FEMA really needs that.”
    On Monday evening, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long briefed the president by phone in the Oval Office with Chief of Staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence at his side. The Trump campaign even canceled two rallies later in the week in Mississippi and Missouri citing the hurricanes. During a press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House has been in regular contact with governor’s offices and local authorities from across the country.

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    Jim Craig, David Burke and Chris Rayner load generators as people buy supplies at The Home Depot on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Wilmington, N.C.more +
    “These tropical storms and hurricanes are very dangerous, and we encourage anyone in the path to heed the warnings of state and local officials who have the expertise and knowledge of their communities to provide the best on-ground information,” Sanders said.
    At the White House, the president has been receiving constant and updated information on the storms, according to an official. Homeland Security adviser Doug Fears has been working in coordination with the White House, National Security Council and federal government ahead of the storms.
    Tom Bossert, the president's previous Homeland Security adviser, outlined some of the challenges facing the White House on ABC's The Briefing Room.
    "You have to express to the president and all the leaders in the federal government that you're not in charge, and that feels a little difficult for people used to feeling in charge," Bossert said. "The idea here is that we're trying to get a lot of people who don't work for one another to work in a unified effort to get things done."
    Bossert said that in these situations, it's not the president but the mayors and governors who are in charge.
    "I'm reminding the president don't overpromise, and don't oversell," Bossert said.
    Former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate told ABC News that during the Obama Administration the National Security Council served as the principal representative for the White House on conference calls leading up to major storms to coordinate with the National Hurricane Center, relevant weather service offices and federal agencies as well as states likely to be impacted.
    “They’re updating with the forecast, the likely impacts but also looking and talking with the states about likely shortfalls, areas of concern, anything that they would need to adjust their plans on,” Fugate said. “All of this is taking place right now before the storm ever makes landfall and before you ever have certainty of where it’s going to hit.”
    This June, the president and first lady visited FEMA for a briefing on hurricane season. Aides admit lessons were learned after the U.S. faced so many storms.
    “America has never experienced so many large-scale disasters in so short a period of time,” Trump said. “Our entire government leaped into action to coordinate the response, along with the state and local leaders. And we did have a lot of help from some really great governors – Florida, Texas. A lot of great people helped us, and it was great.”
    “We are marshaling every available resource to ensure maximum preparation for rapid response. That's what we had last year. Disaster response and recovery is best achieved when it's federally supported, state-managed, and locally executed,” Trump added.
    In addressing the administration's response to the hurricane in Puerto Rico during that same time frame, Trump said Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is “happy with the job we’ve done.”
    “I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico. We're still helping Puerto Rico,” Trump said. “The governor is an excellent guy. And he is very happy with the job we've done."
    “I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we've done,” Trump added.

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    Though in announcing the revised death toll late last month, Gov. Rossello conceded that the government could have done more.
    "Yes, I made mistakes," he said. "We could have done things differently."
    Fugate told ABC News that political criticism regarding the Trump Administration’s response to Hurricane Maria often overlooks just how stretched the government was in its ability to respond to the disaster.
    The White House has approved North Carolina and South Carolina’s requests for federal emergency declarations, allowing greater coordination among states and federal agencies.
    Tuesday afternoon, Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for Virginia as well.

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    People cross the street as water floods outside buildings in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Sept. 11, 2018.
    "The White House should act quickly to declare a federal emergency in Virginia as they did in the Carolinas so we can have federal assets to help Virginians affected by the hurricane,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia said in a statement to ABC News before the declaration was made.
    “You had three back to back record setting hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and then Maria,” Fugate said. “That was going to stretch and break just about any of our systems so you had to adjust and do with what you got. And FEMA has the resources they’re funded for.”
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    The inept and corrupt Puerto Rican liberal government was to blame and the fake liberal news media defended the Puerto Rican liberal Government by putting the blame and focus on Trump, who they despise, and it gave the Mayor a way out. CNN fake news sucks, and they needs to be kicked out of the TV!
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    Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours agoMore



    3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000...


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    .....This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!
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    The response was a success.

    There are thousands of pallets of undistributed food and water sitting in warehouses in Puerto Rico.
    You can thank the Democrats running the place for that.
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    MILLIONS of water bottles meant for the victims of Hurricane Maria are STILL lying on a runway in Puerto Rico almost one year since the disaster

    • Photographer captured images showing an enormous stockpile of bottled water
    • It's believed the water has been there for almost an entire year
    • FEMA provided the water to the central government in response to Maria in 2017
    • Many of the deaths in the aftermath were blamed on power failures and limited access to healthcare and clean drinking water



    PUBLISHED: 21:04 BST, 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:46 BST, 13 September 2018
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    Millions of water bottles meant for the victims of Hurricane Maria are still lying on a runway












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    FEMA provided the water to the central government in response to Maria in 2017 and US Military personnel was supposed to help organize aid and supplies for residents affected

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    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...184832969.html

    Gee, more and more cracks in the Faux News wall...

    [COLOR=#198FFF !important]U.S.Fox News Hosts Blast Trump For 'Distasteful' Remarks On Puerto Rico

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    A panel on the Fox News show “Outnumbered” criticized President Donald Trump Thursday for denying that hurricanes last fall resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico.
    “Five states have declared a state of emergency ... Ten million people in the path of Florence,” exclaimed co-host Melissa Francis, referring to states bracing for Hurricane Florence’s anticipated Carolina landfall on Friday.
    “Instead, they’re fighting back and forth about what happened in Puerto Rico,” Francis continued. “It is incredibly distasteful. I don’t know why the president weighed in on this one.”
    Contributor Steve Hilton chimed in to say that Trump’s remarks were “unseemly,” and that “this political argument is really unnecessary.”
    “What are we doing?” Hilton asked.
    The conversation followed Trump’s tweets earlier in the day accusing Democrats of making up “really large numbers” of Puerto Rico deaths in an effort to make him “look as bad as possible.” Trump has been bragging about his administration’s response to last year’s hurricanes in recent days amid predictions for Hurricane Florence.
    The Puerto Rican government revised Hurricane Maria’s official death toll from 64 to 2,975 last month following a government-commissioned study.
    “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths,” Trump tweeted, referring to his only visit to Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
    “Outnumbered” co-host Harris Faulkner said Trump’s claims on Twitter “cheapens us as a country.”
    Frequent contributor Katie Pavlich argued the president’s comments about Puerto Rico as Hurricane Florence nears the U.S. served as a “distraction” and prevents the country from learning from mistakes made during Maria to better prepare.
    Leslie Marshall said on the show that Trump should have kept politics out of his disaster remarks.
    “You can never ― left or right, no matter what office you’re in ― try and turn disaster into political victory,” said Marshall.
    “One of the things people are looking at ― which they don’t want to see in the president ― is the self-accolades.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dafinch View Post
    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...184832969.html

    Gee, more and more cracks in the Faux News wall...

    [COLOR=#198FFF !important]U.S.Fox News Hosts Blast Trump For 'Distasteful' Remarks On Puerto Rico

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    A panel on the Fox News show “Outnumbered” criticized President Donald Trump Thursday for denying that hurricanes last fall resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico.
    “Five states have declared a state of emergency ... Ten million people in the path of Florence,” exclaimed co-host Melissa Francis, referring to states bracing for Hurricane Florence’s anticipated Carolina landfall on Friday.
    “Instead, they’re fighting back and forth about what happened in Puerto Rico,” Francis continued. “It is incredibly distasteful. I don’t know why the president weighed in on this one.”
    Contributor Steve Hilton chimed in to say that Trump’s remarks were “unseemly,” and that “this political argument is really unnecessary.”
    “What are we doing?” Hilton asked.
    The conversation followed Trump’s tweets earlier in the day accusing Democrats of making up “really large numbers” of Puerto Rico deaths in an effort to make him “look as bad as possible.” Trump has been bragging about his administration’s response to last year’s hurricanes in recent days amid predictions for Hurricane Florence.
    The Puerto Rican government revised Hurricane Maria’s official death toll from 64 to 2,975 last month following a government-commissioned study.
    “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths,” Trump tweeted, referring to his only visit to Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
    “Outnumbered” co-host Harris Faulkner said Trump’s claims on Twitter “cheapens us as a country.”
    Frequent contributor Katie Pavlich argued the president’s comments about Puerto Rico as Hurricane Florence nears the U.S. served as a “distraction” and prevents the country from learning from mistakes made during Maria to better prepare.
    Leslie Marshall said on the show that Trump should have kept politics out of his disaster remarks.
    “You can never ― left or right, no matter what office you’re in ― try and turn disaster into political victory,” said Marshall.
    “One of the things people are looking at ― which they don’t want to see in the president ― is the self-accolades.




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    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/red-sox...001402395.html

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora calls President Donald Trump's comments about Puerto Rico 'disrespectful'

    Chris Cwik,Yahoo Sports 2 hours 22 minutes ago

    [COLOR=#198FFF !important]U.S.Red Sox manager Alex Cora calls President Donald Trump's comments about Puerto Rico 'disrespectful'

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    Red Sox manager Alex Cora took issue with President Trump’s comments about Puerto Rico. (AP Photo)Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora wasn’t a big fan of President Donald Trump’s comments Thursday about Puerto Rico. Cora called Trump’s attempt to downplay the deaths caused by Hurricane Maria “disrespectful,” according to the Boston Globe.
    Cora told reporters he respects Trump, but noted that he doesn’t “agree with a lot of stuff he says about us.”
    Trump disputed the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, denying that 3,000 people died on the island. Trump said there were “6 to 18 deaths” shortly after the storm hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Trump then added that the high death toll was a result of Democrats trying to make him look bad.
    Cora, who was born in Puerto Rico, took issue with those comments.
    “It’s actually disrespectful for my country,” said Cora, who was wearing a black T-shirt with an image of Puerto Rico on the front. “We see it that way. I know he probably doesn’t feel that way.
    “Hey, man, thank you for helping us. He went down there; he did what he did. I hate talking about politics and all that. But I think this is more than politics. This is about a country that really suffered.”
    Cora stressed that last point, saying he didn’t view the issue as political. He said it was “about human beings.” While Cora acknowledged the government helped Puerto Rico, he questioned whether it did enough.
    “The aftereffects, people don’t talk about that,” he said. “When you don’t have food, you don’t have water, no communication, no medicine. Then this happens.
    “One thing for sure, the government helped. We do feel that they helped us. I don’t know if it was efficient, it was enough. I don’t know.”
    In August, George Washington University released a study estimating that 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. The university issued a statement Thursday, saying it stood by that study.




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    FEMA provided the water to the central government in response to Maria in 2017 and US Military personnel was supposed to help organize aid and supplies for residents affected

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