Donald Trump Can't Stop Saying How 'Successful' He Thinks His Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico Was, and People Can't Even
When asked to assess the presidency of George W. Bush, most cite his response to Hurricane Katrina as a low point. Bush himself admitted he regrets some of the decisions made.
When assessing the presidency of Donald Trump, most cite his own errors in regard to Hurricane Maria and the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Scandals and missteps plagued the Trump administration in the wake of the deadly storm.
FEMA Just Tried to Partially Blame Puerto Rican Families for the Devastating Effects of Hurricane Maria
As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA has released its long-awaited report into its failures during the 2017 season. To its credit, FEMA acknowledges how it failed (and continues to fail) Puerto Rico. But FEMA administrator Brock Long also shifted some of the blame to the catastrophe’s victims.
“The 2017 hurricane season showed that all levels of government — and individual families — need to be much better prepared with their own supplies,” he said. “Particularly in remote or insular areas where commodities take longer to deliver.”
In a series of Tweets Thursday, President Donald Trump again blamed Puerto Rican infrastructure prior to two hurricanes that hit last month for their current state. He then threatened to pull FEMA, the military, and first responders from the still devastated island.
As Puerto Rico is a United States territory, their poor infrastructure at any time would reflect poorly on their federal government and it's leader. However pointing out this failure of government doesn't appear to bother President Trump.
President Trump’s administration really doesn’t want you to know just how badly things currently are in Puerto Rico. The recovery has been slow and ineffectual, contrary to what the U.S. president's assertions would have people believe, and now Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has removed from their website their own statistics about the lack of fresh drinking water and electricity available to Americans on the island.
FEMA has been documenting on its website the federal response and its effectiveness in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s widespread devastation. As of Wednesday, their statistics claimed that only half of the island’s population of over 3.5 million now has access to drinking water, and that only five percent of the island has restored electricity. By Thursday morning, those specific statistics had been removed from the FEMA website, while other statistics remain.