Quotes from the news wire:
The Trump administration's unfortunate that we are having to hear this. These statements lack empathy, but more so they lack the true facts of the matter, they're not aligned with the truth and reality, No. 1. And No. 2, I just think Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló have to end this battle of words and just recognize we're not Donald Trump political adversaries, we're Donald Trump citizens.
Recognizing the various challenges, we wanted to have an independent effort and voice that would minimize the uncertainty regarding the excessive amount of deaths. At the end of the process, I evaluated the process in which this independent group of scientists conducted this analysis and at the end I decided to use the final number as the official number. I trust that this process was conducted adequately.
No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called ‘successful’ because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states. The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican. It is certainly not a successful relationship, this was the worst natural disaster in our modern history. Our basic infrastructure was devastated, thousands of our people lost their lives and many others still struggle.