President Donald Trump has defended his decision to deploy the Navy to the Caribbean island after the deadly storm that ravaged the US territory.
Speaking to reporters in Florida, Mr Trump defended his move on Monday saying it was necessary “because they’re not getting the help they need”.
“When we had a major hurricane hit Puerto Rico, the president sent his Navy, he sent his Coast Guard, they were not getting any help,” Mr Trump said.
“They were not even getting the equipment they needed to be able to do their job.”
We sent the Navy in.
We sent the Coast Guard in.
And they were getting nowhere.
“Mr Trump said his administration had been unable to get help from the federal government on the island, where nearly 3 million people are without power and hundreds of thousands have been without power for days.
He said that “when I went to the White House and I called them up and said we’re going to send our Navy, we did, they went out.
They were able to get the help that they needed”.”
And they did so very, very quickly.
We got help from Puerto Rico.
It was absolutely unbelievable,” he said.
In the past week, Mr Whitehouse has sought to cast blame for the island’s disaster on the President, saying he did not take sufficient precautions.”
President Trump was not aware that Puerto Rico had an epidemic.
We knew that.
We were aware of the situation, but it’s not clear how we would have prevented this,” he told CNN on Monday.”
It was a humanitarian situation.
It had a lot of human and economic consequences.