Trump Praises White Houses Response to Puerto Rico
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was doing a “really good job” helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, amid complaints that federal aid has been too slow to reach the U.S. territory.
Trump also agreed to boost federal disaster aid to the island, increasing funding to assist with debris removal and emergency protective measures, the White House said in a statement.
Critics of Trump and some residents of the island of 3.4 million people said the federal government had been too slow to provide basic needs, like drinking water and food, and to help with repairs to the electric grid.
Maria roared ashore last Wednesday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, cutting power to the whole island and destroying homes and infrastructure.
Some critics of the federal response have suggested that Puerto Rico is not getting the same attention as it would if it were a state, even though its people are U.S. citizens.
“We’ve gotten A-pluses on Texas and in Florida, and we will also on Puerto Rico,” Trump told reporters in Washington, referring to the damage inflicted on those states by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in August and earlier this month.