Trump touts 'unappreciated great job' in Puerto Rico, slams San Juan mayor

Resident Mirian Medina stands on her property about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island

"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful".

More than half of Puerto Rico's residents gave President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP warns crime, immigration will spike if Dems win Former NSA chief breaks with other ex-intel officials over Brennan letter Puerto Rico governor issues scathing statement after Trump touts response to hurricane MORE a negative rating for his response to Hurricane Maria, according to a new poll.

At the time, the administration committed to a more aggressive response to storms that struck Texas, even as that situation there became more manageable and Puerto Rico desperately needed more assistance.

Trump was being briefed by the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

"I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he said.

Hurricane Maria hit on September 20, 2017, and is estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage.

President Donald Trump continued to insist Wednesday that his administration did a "great job" in responding to Hurricane Maria, which left almost 3,000 people dead, as Hurricane Florence rolls toward the Carolina coast.

"We'll handle it. We're ready", Trump said in a video message distributed over Twitter.

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While the federal response to storms in Texas and Florida previous year was "A-plus", Trump said, "the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but no one would understand that".

A day earlier, the president praised the response to the series of storms.

Rossello called Hurricane Maria "the worst natural disaster in our modern history" and said work still remained before they could move on to other stages of recovery.

"We do not want to see Hurricane Isaac hit Puerto Rico", he said.

While defending the handling of the previous storm, he urged caution in regards to the new one bearing down on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. We are totally prepared.

As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the Carolina coast, photos purportedly showing millions of undistributed water bottles meant for Hurricane Maria victims that have been sitting on an airstrip in Puerto Rico for over a year have gone viral on social media.

Santana took the photos on Tuesday and posted them to his Facebook because he was angry to still see the bottles still there which had been at the same location since last October of previous year. "It's tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amount of water". North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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