Trump attacked for calling Hurricane Maria response an 'incredible success'

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honor

Trump attacked for calling Hurricane Maria response an 'incredible success'

About 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island a year ago went unused and eventually became too contaminated to drink, officials from the USA territory said on Wednesday.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has been a vocal critic of the administration's handling of the storm, cast blame on the federal government for failing to provide adequate assistance in the aftermath of the storm. Only 15 percent said Trump's response to Hurricane Maria, which killed more than 3,000 residents after making landfall in September 2017, was "excellent", "very good" or "good".

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló shot back in a statement that "the historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican" and "certainly not a successful relationship".

CBS News first reported the existence of the unused water pallets, showing images of them on the runway in the community of Ceiba, Puerto Rico.

However, the report says, "the Government of Puerto Rico does not have control over the federal land" and was unable to get to the water.

George Washington University also counted those who died in the six months following the storm as a result of poor healthcare provision and a lack of electricity and clean water.

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None of that is true, Meyers said, including the part about Puerto Rico being inaccessible ("There's a Jet Blue flight there every half hour", he noted), but it's not surprising that Trump is having a hard time calming people down because he is so freaked out over Bob Woodward's new book, Fear.

Media captionMonths after Maria, many on this USA island still suffered in the dark What have Puerto Rican officials said?

"Once the transfer of water took place, the water became property of the government of Puerto Rico", FEMA said. "I thought that's what we only saw in dictatorships".

Watch the dust-up in the video below.

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