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The president has consistently applauded the Maria response, even as the estimates of deaths in Puerto Rico caused by the storm have climbed from 64 to 2,975 people, making it the deadliest hurricane to hit America in more than a century. The study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures.

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. "You did not do a good job in Puerto Rico".

"I'm confident the response in 2017 was good and I'm confident this response will be good", Federal Emergency Management Agency Associate Administrator Jeff Byard told reporters during a briefing Tuesday.

"Shame on you", Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said Tuesday after Trump's boasts of success.

The administration's efforts in Puerto Rico were widely criticized as slow and insufficient. She went on to claim to have had "drone footage" of the supplies in February, which she said she "shared with media, but no one thought it mattered". "Shame on President Trump".

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In the tweet, Trump also touted his administration's response to other hurricanes previous year and doubled down on his insistence Tuesday that his administration's response to Hurricane Maria was "an incredible, unsung success".

A day earlier, the president praised the response to the series of storms. Long said that the expectation is that it will make landfall. Bottom line is, we are concentrating on what we call critical lifelines - health, safety, security.

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

He says, "We are ready for the big one that is coming!" "And so we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward".

"I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said Tuesday of the response in Puerto Rico, suggesting that it was made more hard by the "island nature" of the storm site. He also said he was still waiting for Trump to respond to a petition to help Puerto Rico complete work on emergency housing restoration programs and debris removal.

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