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White House: 'Significant Progress' on Puerto Rico Year After Hurricane

22 September 2018

One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico - and one week after President Donald Trump denied the storm's death toll of almost 3,000 - the Trump administration is sending a delegation of senior administration officials to the island. It's just one of many resources around the state that have helped about 8,000 people who left Puerto Rico find a job.

Once there, they repaired and replaced roofs, windows and doors, in addition to sanitizing and removing mold from homes.

Arizona State University Professor Maria Cruz-Torres said her elderly parents are still struggling to fix their house in Puerto Rico after it was damaged in Hurricane Maria past year.

Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Trump also alleged the figure was raised by Democrats "in order to make me look as bad as possible". "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico".

In recent weeks, Puerto Ricans have become increasingly angry and frustrated as President Donald Trump touted what he said was a "fantastic" response to Hurricane Maria, calling it an "unsung success" as he denied the official death toll without presenting any evidence.

"3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", said Trump in one of two tweets, referring to Maria, which made landfall in Puerto Rico's southeast coast on September 20, 2017, and Hurricane Irma, which brushed the US commonwealth less than two weeks earlier.

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"This should not happen in America to our fellow USA citizens", Nelson said during a news conference.

Tens of thousands remain without adequate shelter and reliable access to electrical power a year after the hurricane, which caused an estimated $100 billion in damage.

Calderon said Thursday that the current problems on the island are largely a "man-made crisis thanks to what's happened here in Washington, D.C." and the government's response. A Florida International University survey estimates 75 percent of Puerto Ricans living in Florida have a favorable view of Scott, who was in San Juan on Thursday, and 62 percent have a favorable view of Nelson, who has been critical of Federal Emergency Management Agency's response.

"As a people, we have the right as well as the obligation to respect that space to bid farewell to all those who lost their lives with the dignity and respect that this tragedy represents".

Morales said it was an emotional day for her since she and many of her neighbors lost everything when the storm made landfall at 6:15 a.m.

HUD's allocation will mostly be used to fix homes; help residents obtain title deeds needed to qualify for federal aid; and to relocate at-risk communities, the governor said. "One thing is for sure, our lives matter and we do not need a tweet from Trump to remind of us that".

White House: 'Significant Progress' on Puerto Rico Year After Hurricane