A day after the Puerto Rican government raised its official Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975 after receiving a new estimate from researchers, President Donald Trump crowed about the federal government’s response to the devastating storm.
“I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday. “We’re still helping Puerto Rico. The governor is an excellent guy, he’s very happy with the job we’ve done. We’ve put billions and billions of dollars into Puerto Rico, and it was a very tough one.”
He went on to make excuses for the lack of power much of the island experienced for months after the hurricane, stating that the electric plant was “dead” and the U.S. territory “owed tremendous amounts of money.”
“People said, ‘What are we going to do about electricity?’ That was not the hurricane,” he exclaimed. “That was gone before the hurricane, but we’ve put a lot of money and a lot of effort into Puerto Rico.”
The president finished his thoughts by saying Puerto Ricans are “great people” while claiming that the relief effort was a lot harder than others because Puerto Rico is an island.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.