The former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under Bill Clinton said he would give President Trump’s administration an A-plus grade for their handling of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Trump has taken a beating from the media and Democrats for his administration’s response to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. But former FEMA director James Lee Witt told the Washington Post that he would give the Trump administration an A-plus rating, adding that the administration has sent as many people as possible to the island.
“They’ve maxed out probably how many people they could put there,” Witt said. “I know they’re all working frantically, but sometimes that’s not enough.”
President Trump highlighted Witt’s comments in a joint press briefing with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday afternoon.
Trump has consistently expressed his displeasure with the press coverage of his administration’s Puerto Rico response, which he has said has been unfairly negative.