The White House released a detailed fact sheet Thursday of its disaster relief efforts to two hurricanes last year which hit the island of Puerto Rico.
“The Federal response to Hurricane Maria marked the largest and longest federal response to a disaster in the history of the United States,” the White House said in its statement. “ONE YEAR LATER: Significant progress has been made over the last year to help Puerto Rico recover following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”
The fact sheet included detailed statistics on the amount of money allocated toward relief operations and efforts to restore Puerto Rico’s lagging infrastructure.
“Puerto Rico’s entire electrical grid failed following Hurricane Maria, but today power has been restored to 99.99 percent of customers able to receive an electrical connection,” they noted.
President Donald Trump has insisted in recent days that a new death toll account of approximately 3,000 in the aftermath of the Hurricane is inaccurate. The 3,000 number emanates from a George Washington University study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, though it has been disputed by some federal officials.
3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
….GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?). This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed. FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER – NO WAY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2018