President Trump to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week

President Trump to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week

President Trump to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week

Last year, as hurricanes Irma and Maria upended the lives of more than 3 million American citizens in Puerto Rico, mainland news sources, ours included, were reporting on Trump's tweets about NFL players not standing during the national anthem.

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.

"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said Tuesday in the Oval Office, noting that the island location is "tough" during a hurricane due to the inability to transport vital equipment and supplies by truck.

President Donald Trump plans to visit the areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, according to the Washington Post, citing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it has spent billions of dollars in Puerto Rico, restoring power and helping with property repairs and a massive cleanup.

August 28, the government of Puerto Rico officially announced the death toll from Hurricane Maria as 2,975 making it the most severe natural disaster in the island's history.

Trump approvingly quoted Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera's Tweet saying the botched response was not entirely Trump's fault on Friday night. It was commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and was conducted by experts at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Trump then added that the high death toll was a result of Democrats trying to make him look bad.

They said about 4,600 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane from delayed medical care.

"If (Trump) doesn't learn from his mistakes, he's going to make them again and people are going to continue to die", she told CNN television.

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to challenge these numbers and their relationship to both the hurricane and his administration's handling of the matter.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted, "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

FEMA reports that more than 99 percent of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) and Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) have been restored and that 100 percent of wastewater treatment plants have also been restored.

Hurricane Maria lashed out on Puerto Rico in late 2017, killing a reported estimate of 3,000 people and depleting this United States of America territory of its resources. You should never be content with everything we did.

Trump's comments came as Hurricane Florence, a potentially catastrophic storm, headed for the Carolina coast.

The mayor of San Juan, the capital of the U.S. commonwealth of more than three million people, was outraged.

Some outlets, for example, called Puerto Rico funeral homes and discovered far more deaths than initially reported.

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