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USA: Trump praises response to Puerto Rico despite death toll rising01:28

USA: Trump praises response to Puerto Rico despite death toll rising

United States, Washington DC
August 30, 2018 at 00:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump praised the White House's response to Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico in 2017, while speaking in Washington DC on Wednesday, despite the latest figures indicating nearly 3,000 people perished in the disaster and its aftermath.

Trump also stressed that help is still being provided and expressed his hopes that the disaster would not repeat itself.

"Puerto Rico had some difficulties before it got hit. And we are straightening out these difficulties even now," the US President added, noting that 'billions and billions of dollars' are being put into the area.

Recent estimates by the Puerto Rican authorities indicate that at least 2,975 people were killed in the disaster.

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US President Donald Trump praised the White House's response to Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico in 2017, while speaking in Washington DC on Wednesday, despite the latest figures indicating nearly 3,000 people perished in the disaster and its aftermath.

Trump also stressed that help is still being provided and expressed his hopes that the disaster would not repeat itself.

"Puerto Rico had some difficulties before it got hit. And we are straightening out these difficulties even now," the US President added, noting that 'billions and billions of dollars' are being put into the area.

Recent estimates by the Puerto Rican authorities indicate that at least 2,975 people were killed in the disaster.

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