President says storm will be ‘tremendously big and tremendously wet’ while hailing ‘unsung success’ of response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that his government is “absolutely, totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence, even as officials and forecasters warned that the “staggering” storm is shaping up to be catastrophic and unprecedented.

The president cited his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria a year ago, which decimated Puerto Rico, as an “unsung success”. This despite the chorus of criticism at the time, accusing Trump of a slow and paltry response to the devastation that ultimately is estimated to have cost almost 3,000 lives.

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