President Donald Trump said federal responders are “supplied and ready” for the looming Hurricane Florence, as he criticized San Juan’s mayor and touted high marks for past responses.
‘BE READY, BE PREPARED’
In tweets and a video message, Trump said the Federal Emergency Management Agency, first responders and law enforcement are ready for Florence, which is expected to hit the Carolinas some time on Thursday.
Read: Hurricane Florence could bring catastrophic flash flooding to the Carolinas and Virginia.
After getting criticism for saying Tuesday that the administration’s effort for last year’s Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was “incredibly successful,” Trump blasted San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz as “totally incompetent.” Cruz tweeted Tuesday that if Trump “thinks the death of 3,000 people [is] a success God help us all.” The U.S. territory’s government said nearly that many people died as a result of the disaster.
Trump also said the administration got “A Pluses” for its responses to hurricanes in Texas and Florida. He contended the Puerto Rico response was “an unappreciated great job” on an “inaccessible island with very poor electricity.” In response to Trump, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the relationship between the territory and Washington was “certainly not a successful relationship.”
Also see: Florence could mean $170 billion of property damage, CoreLogic says.
MEDAL OF HONOR RECEPTION
Trump is also scheduled to speak at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Reception and a fundraiser in Washington.
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