Donald Trump has heaped praise on his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, said Puerto Rico’s leaders should be “very proud” of the low official death toll – and appeared to complain at the cost of the recovery effort. Trump’s remarks came on his first visit to the US territory since it was pummeled by a category 4 hurricane nearly two weeks ago, amid continuing criticism that his government has failed to adequately respond to the crisis. Trump told reporters: “It’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done.” Trump told local officials: “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack. “But that’s fine because we’ve saved a lot of lives.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.