Trump grades Puerto Rico response an ideal ‘10’

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WASHINGTON � Leader Trump gives himself high represents for his response to hurricane harm in Puerto Rico even though there exists a widespread lack of power and water on the island about a month following the storm struck.

After Trump fulfilled with Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, in the Oval Office upon Thursday, he spoke to reporters and Yahoo News asked, on the scale of one to 10, exactly how he’d grade his handling from the hurricane.

“I’d say it was a 10,” Trump said.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico upon Sept. 20. The storm was obviously a Category 5, the top rating within the hurricane scale. Earlier last 30 days, the island was damaged simply by Hurricane Irma. Currently, about 78 percent of Puerto Rico will be without power and 28 % of the island lacks reliable water.

After praising his response to the particular hurricane damage on Puerto Vasto, Trump went on to marvel on the magnitude of the devastation.

“I’d say it was probably the most difficult — when you talk about relief, when you talk about search, when you talk about all of the different levels, and even when you talk about lives saved. If you look at the number, I mean this was, I think, it was worse than Katrina. It was in many ways worse than anything people have ever seen,” mentioned Trump.

Earlier this month, Trump said Puerto Rico didn’t experience a “real catastrophe” like Katrina.

Speaking Thursday, Trump reiterated his high quality for the storm response after explaining the strength of the hurricanes that strike the island.

“They got hit by a Category 4, grazed, but grazed about, you know, a big portion of the island. … That was bad, but then they got hit dead center, if you look at those maps, by a Category 5,” said Trump, adding, “Nobody’s ever heard of a five hitting land. Usually by that time, it’s dissipated. It hit right through. It kept to a five. It hit right through the middle of the island, right through the middle of Puerto Rico. There’s never been anything like that. I give ourselves a 10.”

Yahoo News also questioned Rossello how he’d rate the particular White House’s hurricane response on the scale of one to 10. Russell didn’t offer a numerical grade.

“The president has answered all of our petitions. … This is still ongoing so we expect that that’ll continue,” Rossello said, adding, “We set some very aggressive milestones to restore energy in Puerto Rico … about 30 percent of the energy by the end of the month, by the middle of next month about 50 percent, and so on.”

U. Ersus. President Donald Trump speaks throughout his meeting with Puerto Rico Chief excutive Ricardo Rossello in the Oval Workplace of the White House in Wa, U. S., October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump then asked Rossello to gauge the White House’s response.

“Governor, I just want to maybe ask you a question,” Trump said. “Did the United States, did our government, when we come in, did we do a great job? Military, first responders, FEMA, did we do a great job?”

Rossello complimented the Trump administration’s dealing with of the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.

“You responded immediately sir,” said Rossello. “We recognize that there are some logistical limitations that we have in Puerto Rico. We didn’t have the ports open for a couple of days. We didn’t have the airports working at full capacity until about a day or two ago. So, that was always a great limiting step. But if you consider that we’ve gotten, even with those obstacles, we’ve gotten about 15,000 DOD personnel in Puerto Rico, about 2,000 FEMA personnel, HHS and others. The response is there.”

Rossello went on to acknowledge “we need to do a lot more.”

“I think everyone over here recognizes there’s a lot of work to be done in Puerto Rico. But with your leadership sir and with everybody over here we’re committed to achieving that in the long run,” Rossello said.

Puerto Rico’s power main grid was in bad condition prior to the thunder or wind storms, a fact which was repeatedly cited simply by both Trump and Rossello upon Thursday. When Trump was questioned how long it would take to restore complete power to the island, he mentioned it was a “good question” and may likely “take a while.”

“We have to build a brand new plant or we have to do essentially a renovation that’s so large it’s going to be like a brand new plant. One or the other, we’re looking at both right now,” said Trump. “But there’s never been a case where power plants were gone. You can’t just fix the poles. There’s never been a place where power plants were gone so it’s going to be a period of time before the electric is restored.”



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