Trump calls Puerto Rico hurricane response ‘incredibly successful;’ 2,975 died

President Donald Trump talks about Hurricane Florence following a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“Is there a problem with looking back at something and saying ‘Yeah, absolutely could have done better on this’?” – Ethan Bearmn, KGO810 Host

Trump is doubling down on his claim that the U.S. government was “incredibly successful” in aiding victims of Hurricane Maria despite Puerto Rico’s mayor reporting earlier this month the death toll from the disaster has risen to an estimated 2,975 and federal documents contradicting the statement.

The president took to Twitter this morning to reaffirm what a “great job” was done, and knock the “totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan,” in a message meant to assure Americans the country is prepared for Hurricane Florence, a deadly category 3 storm less than 48 hours away from making landfall on the Carolina shores.

Host Ethan Bearman found Trump’s closing optimistic declaration in the tweet that the nation “is ready for the big one that is coming” hard to believe considering a federal report released Thursday, among other things, revealed 54 percent of the federal emergency personnel dispatched to do rescue work in Puerto Rico in October 2017, a month after the category 4 hurricane hit the U.S. territory, were not qualified.

“How hard is it to admit your flaws?” Bearman asked, pointing out even former President George Bush accepted responsibility for the missteps in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In the podcast below, he takes out his exasperation in the form of full-on fact-checking!


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