"The President has done an extraordinary job of cleanup, rebuilding electrical stuff and everything else", Trump quoted Fox Business Political analyst Ed Rollins as saying. An estimated 1,833 people died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, while 2,996 died immediately or from injuries sustained in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
The president raised eyebrows Tuesday when he touted the response efforts in a meeting to go over preparations for the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence inching toward the Carolinas. More than 80 people died as a result of that storm, according to officials.
Hurricane Florence is the first major test of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since its much-criticized response to Maria, which caused devastation when it struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm a year ago.
At one point, while serving food, he joked about his hands being "too big" to fit in the plastic gloves.
Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria". "That's the official death toll, you lunatic".
Almost every study and report into the hurricane estimates a significantly higher toll than the early official estimates mentioned by the president.
A study conducted at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health found that 2,975 died in Puerto Rico, and the official number of deaths was revised from 64 by the Puerto Rican government.
"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them on to the list", he tweeted. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he added.
The study from GWU says several factors led to deaths being reported long after the storm had hit.
There are also no state or federal guidelines in the U.S. for calculating storm or hurricane-related deaths. One thing's for sure, and I told you guys before, one thing I am proud, is like, we're standing up on our own two feet, ' Cora said. She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy".
Throughout his presidency, Trump has struggled to publicly express empathy at times of national crises, sparking outrage during his post-Maria visit when he feuded with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and tossed out paper towels to victims like he was shooting baskets.
Cora indicated that the Puerto Rican people are continuing their efforts to a return to normalcy.