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READ: Donald Trump Tweets That He ‘Did an Unappreciated Great Job in Puerto Rico’

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) listens as FEMA Administrator Brock Long (C) speaks while meeting with Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (R) in the Oval Office September 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump and Long warned coastal residents of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to adhere to evacuation orders as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As North and South Carolina gear up for an increasingly foreboding Hurricane Florence, President Donald Trump is doubling down on his claim that his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, which killed around 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico last year, was an unsung success.

Yesterday, when was asked what lessons can be learned from his administration’s handling of Hurricane Maria last year, Trump remarked:

“I think Puerto Rico was an incredible unsung success.”

Even after receiving near-universal criticism for the absurd claim, this morning he took to Twitter to repeat the sentiment.

It’s unclear what body graded the president and his administration on its performance in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

After Puerto Rico’s governor Richard Rosello adjusted the official death toll of the hurricane last month, the White House asserted that it “remains proud of all of the work the Federal family undertook to help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.”

Research conducted after the hurricane has shown that the majority of deaths did not occur due to the physical impact of Maria itself, but from a lack of preparedness which debilitated access to medical care and other necessities.

Now, Americans are calling the president out for standing by the claim that Hurricane Maria’s response was successful.

As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas, Trump’s words are casting doubts on his ability to respond to natural disasters.

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