US Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said Sunday the Trump administration committed a “massive” response effort to aid victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“I saw what I saw and I know the fed efforts that I saw were very much committed to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,” Schultz told ABC’s “This Week” on whether the Maria response was an “unsung success” like President Trump claimed.
“I would say the response in Maria was massive,” Schultz continued. “We learned in with every bit of energy we could as a federal agency.”
Trump stirred up controversy this week when he dismissed a report that found 2,975 people had died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm. The government of Puerto Rico has accepted the findings. Schultz did not embrace Trump’s logic that the death toll was inflated to make the president look bad. “I’m not calling any numbers into doubt,” he said.