President Trump on Tuesday praised the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, calling it "an unsung success." The hurricane caused mass destruction, with houses completely demolished and people going months without power or clean water, and FEMA admitted it could have "better anticipated" the storm. In August, George Washington University's Milken Institute of Public Health released a report stating that instead of the initial estimate of 64 deaths as a result of Hurricane Maria, the number was much higher, at 3,000. Trump didn't mention that during his remarks. "I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful," he said. "I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about." On Wednesday, Trump doubled down on this defense on Twitter, saying the government did an "unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico." He also attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, calling her "totally incompetent."

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