20,000 pallets of water bottles found unused on Puerto Rico runway

Zach Gibson  AFP  Getty Images People cross the street as water floods outside buildings in Old Town Alexandria Va. Sept. 11 2018

Zach Gibson AFP Getty Images People cross the street as water floods outside buildings in Old Town Alexandria Va. Sept. 11 2018

The co-host - whose family was directly impacted by the Puerto Rico storm - gave Trump a verbal pummeling while talking about reports that the administration took $10 million away from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) - and gave it to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), noted Mediaite.

A George Washington University study in July found that 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, which struck the island territory in September 2017.

Ed Markey (D-Mass.). "May God bless the souls of the almost 3,000 Americans that died in Puerto Rico and may he take pity on your soul, Mr. President".

Trump said Wednesday that his administration is prepared for Hurricane Florence, a storm barrelling toward the Carolina coastline, and insisted that his administration's widely panned response to the devastation in Puerto Rico a year ago was an 'unappreciated great job'. "We're ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".

A new report released August 28 estimated that 2,975 deaths were due to Hurricane Maria hitting the island.

Trump said: "We are sparing no expense".

The deadliest hurricane in US history hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900, killing more than 6,000 people.

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The president also sent two tweets - one featuring a video message - warning people of the danger of Hurricane Florence as it approaches the East Coast, and assuring residents that emergency responders are prepared.

"We know how much they're going to have ahead of them", she said.

Earlier this week, after Mr Trump hailed the United States response in Puerto Rico as "tremendous" and "an incredible, unsung success". "And so, we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward", Long added.

In his latest tweets, Trump proclaimed that "3000 people did not die" in Puerto Rico, and that number was concocted by Democrats "in order to make me look as bad as possible". "I think in a certain way the best job we did was Puerto Rico but nobody would understand that, I mean it's harder to understand".

A CBS reporter who picked up on the viral photos of the unused water bottles confirmed that they were brought to the island and turned over to Puerto Rico's central government.

Ottmar Chavez, now administrator of Puerto Rico's General Services Administration, said FEMA reported that it had about 20,000 pallets of bottled water in excess in May this year, before Chavez was appointed.

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