Bush could at least plead that he did not know the full extent of FEMA's failure (1,833 people died in Katrina) when he made that unfortunate comment. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths".
'I'm confident that those that needed those bottles of water got them during the response phase and these were excess bottles of water that were, again, transferred to save money for the American taxpayer in January, ' Kaniewski said.
Another Florida Republican, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, also criticized Trump for saying the federal response to Hurricane Maria was one of the best in history.
Puerto Rico's governor raised the US territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who succumbed in the aftermath had been severely undercounted. After all, the Harvard study found that the increase in deaths after the storm was mostly a result of the interruption of medical care.
Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electricity grid.
In a statement, the institute said it would "stand by the science underlying our study".
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Here we are, almost a year after Maria, and he is still claiming that the federal government did a heck of a job, despite all evidence to the contrary.
President Donald Trump's pathological inability to admit error, his insatiable appetite for praise, his complete absence of empathy and his debilitating weakness for conspiracy theories have now combined to create a grotesque, if predictable, spectacle. Privately, some White House officials were exasperated with the president's focus on Puerto Rico at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas and other coastal areas. Add Puerto Rico as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Puerto Rico news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response. After the number was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure. "But we will be there, and it's just a matter of time", Cora said. Also, 13 percent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service.
Rossello said Puerto Ricans "do not deserve to have their pain questioned" and backed the study. Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican Trump ally in a tight race for a U.S. Senate seat, has tried especially hard to make inroads with the Puerto Rican community, which traditionally leans Democratic.
State Sen. Victor Torres, an Orlando Democrat who is Puerto Rican, called Trump's tweets "painful and horrifying and completely unfounded", while also labeling Scott and DeSantis the president's "closest allies" in Florida.
Connolly is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an "incredible unsung success".
The tweets came after Trump on Wednesday, as Hurricane Florence approached the Southeast US coast, attacked criticism lobbed in recent months over the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, calling his administration's efforts "underappreciated".