President Trump on Tuesday told reporters that providing aid to Puerto Rico is more difficult than previous hurricane relief efforts in Florida or Texas because “this is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean, this is tough stuff.”
“We right now have our top people from FEMA, and they have been there,” he said at a White House press conference with Spain’s prime minister. “We are unloading on an hourly basis, massive loads of water and food and supplies for Puerto Rico.”
“And this isn’t like Florida where we can go right up the spine or like Texas where we go right down the middle and we distribute,” Trump added. “This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean, this is tough stuff.”
Trump’s response to the disaster in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has come under heavy criticism from Democrats who say the president’s focus since the storm made landfall last week has been on protests in the NFL and not disaster relief.
“We’ve gotten A-pluses on Texas and in Florida, and we will also on Puerto Rico,” Trump said in response to the criticisms. “But the difference is this is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean. It’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean. And we’re doing a really good job.”
Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday.
Pres. Trump says FEMA faces greater challenges in distributing aid in PR: "This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean. This is tough stuff." pic.twitter.com/D2sItQqS2w
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2017