Was the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria a success?
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Was the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria a success?

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As Hurricane Florence is baring down on the Carolinas, President Trump touted his administration's response to last season's devastating hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, claiming the government's work in Puerto Rico was "unappreciated." Just last month, researchers determined the death toll in Puerto Rico was close to 3,000, well over the 64 initially reported. It took almost a full year for the island to regain power. Do you agree the president was successful?

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During a press conference discussing preparations for Hurricane Florence, President Trump took time to congratulate his administration on their work on last year's catastrophic hurricanes, focusing specifically on Puerto Rico. Per Politico

"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful," Trump said, adding that the island territory posed considerable challenges for relief efforts. "It was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about."
....Trump blamed the territory's infrastructure for much of the loss of power in Puerto Rico following Maria, saying the island was bankrupt and had lost power before the storm made landfall. In contrast, states like Virginia and the Carolinas "are doing a very good job" and "have very strong power companies,” he said.
The president on Tuesday emphasized that his administration was "absolutely totally prepared" to respond to Florence, which has become a Category 4 storm packing winds of 140 miles per hour.

Critics say the president is wildly off base in his estimation that his administration's response was anything close to a success in Puerto Rico. To reiterate, 3,000 people died and most of the island was without power for close to a full year. Clean water is still not readily available throughout the island. Trump went on, according to The New York Times:

He noted that the United States military sent a “tremendous military hospital in the form of a ship” to the island. That ship, however, was largely underused. Prepared to support 250 hospital beds, it admitted an average of only six patients per day, or 290 in total, over its 53-day deployment.
...Jose Andrés, a Spanish chef who organized an emergency feeding program on the island after Maria — and butted heads with federal authorities while doing so — said the president’s comments were “astonishing.”
“The death toll issue has been one of the biggest cover-ups in American history,” Mr. Andrés said in an interview. “Everybody needs to understand that the death toll was a massive failure by federal government and the White House. Not recognizing how many people died in the aftermath meant the resources and full power of the government was taken away from the American people of Puerto Rico.”

The president has been claiming success since the hurricanes first struck Puerto Rico, tweeting at the time that all negative press was "politically motivated."

CBS News reports that "what could be millions of bottles of water" were just found sitting, unused, on a tarmac in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. FEMA claims they gave the bottles to the government of Puerto Rico. Yet a year later, they are still packed in palates while Puerto Ricans struggle to find drinking water. 

Yet the president feels strongly the administration deserves "A Pluses" for it's response.

New information shows the Trump administration has transferred $10 million from FEMA to ICE, a move that does not bode well for the administration's hurricane readiness. Per The New York Times

The document, which was released by the office of Senator Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, shows that the money would come from FEMA’s operations and support budget and was transferred into accounts at ICE to pay for detention and removal operations. The document also shows that the Department of Homeland Security transferred money from accounts at Customs and Border Protection that pays for border fencing and technology.
Mr. Merkley, appearing Tuesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, said the Trump administration was taking money from FEMA’S “response and recovery” and “working hard to find funds for additional detention camps.” 
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