Trump says Puerto storm response ‘unappreciated’

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None of this gives us any confidence in how Trump will respond to Hurricane Florence's landfall, which is projected to hit somewhere along the Carolina coast later this week.

"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever", Trump said of the states in the storm's path.

Santana told CBS that he also took pictures of the water bottles last fall, although he has not posted them. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet", he said.

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Francis acknowledged that Puerto Rico's infrastructure was in very poor shape at the time the hurricane hit, but she nonetheless questioned whether it was appropriate to brag about the government's response to a tragedy that left thousands dead.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed to ABC News that the water was purchased by the federal agency and was determined to be a part of a surplus of supplies in April. The Government Accountability Office said the agency had failed to adequately house disaster victims, distribute financial assistance in a timely fashion or do enough to prevent fraud.

The governor of Puerto Rico recently revised the death toll as a result of that storm from 64 to 2,975, and many residents were without power for months. A recent report found that Hurricane Maria in 2017 killed almost 3,000 people in Puerto Rico after a federal response that faced heavy criticism.

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About 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island past year went unused and eventually became too contaminated to drink, officials from the USA territory said on Wednesday. While 25 per cent of Harvey loans were OKed within 42 days, for Maria, that didn't happen until January 9, more than three months after the storm hit. But the electricity supply was operating normally before Irma. "That's unusual in the USA after a disaster".

Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale and was forecast to slam into the Carolinas later this week. "It will go. We want everybody to be safe", Trump said.

And Long said FEMA had made changes to some of its priorities and procedures.

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The president, criticizing Puerto Rico for having aging infrastructure before the storm that exacerbated problems with the energy grid, added that "we've gotten a lot of receptivity, a lot of thanks for the job we've done in Puerto Rico".