Despite significant evidence showing almost 3,000 people were killed in the devastating storm a year ago, Trump tweeted that the official death toll was a political scheme, two days after he was sharply criticised for saying the government had an "unsung success" in its response to Maria.
"Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he continued. I know probably he doesn't feel that way.
A senior official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says millions of bottles of water were moved onto a runway in Puerto Rico in January as a cost-saving measure as regular water service was restored to the island in the months after Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rican officials did not respond to request for comment.
"As tough as this was [the response] has been a wonderful thing, I think, even for the country to watch". "But we will be there, and it's just a matter of time", he added.
"I wish he'd paused and expressed that, instead of just focusing on the response success", Bossert said.
Stephen Colbert of The Late Show began his nightly monologue by demonizing POTUS' lack of response to Hurricane Florence, a superstorm now working its way through the Carolinas and his hyper focus on Maria, a storm that took place nearly a year ago.
Puerto Rico was recovering from Hurricane Irma before Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, destroying roads and bridges and leaving much of the Caribbean island without electricity for months. "I'll continue to help PR". "But you know it's a little bit kind of like frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming". What the point, honestly?
The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.
"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. "A true leader would offer his condolences to the people of Puerto Rico, a true leader would offer his condolences to United States citizens and vow to never let something like that happen again".
Whether those statements will be enough in an election that is shaping up to be all about the president is unknown.
But Trump, that official said, was unwilling to admit even internally that more needed to be done on the island.
As Business Insider noted, Trump has been angry that what he saw as a generous gesture is being portrayed as insensitive to the destruction that the hurricane brought to Puerto Rico.
On Thursday, Trump, without citing evidence, said that number was wrong and called it a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.