This week, the massive Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle, having rapidly intensified into a Category 4 storm before landfall. At least two deaths were immediately reported, with hundreds of thousands without power as the storm with a size unseen in decades wreaked havoc.
The Trump administration does not have the best record when it comes to hurricane response, but President Donald Trump is maintaining an about face anyway. He told reporters, in a moment captured on video that went up on his Twitter account:
‘The one good thing we can say — and we were just discussing — is that it was the fastest hurricane anybody’s seen. It just was speedy. If it wasn’t, there’d be absolutely nothing left. It was incredibly powerful — you’ve seen the destruction. It’s moving through Georgia now, at a much lesser pace… FEMA has gotten rave reviews. The first responders, law enforcement — everybody has gotten rave reviews.’
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2018
Yes, the hurricane moved very quickly through the area, unlike other recent massive storms like Florence and Harvey, but there are no doubt plenty out there who would contest the idea that such warrants this positive declaration from the president. It’s reminiscent of the headache-inducing times he’s insisted that the government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was great, since more people didn’t die, or maybe because the some 3,000 officially tallied deaths weren’t real or tied to the storm after all… or something.
The ways in which the president himself has bungled that response in the past are hardly poised to inspire confidence in his administration’s ongoing response to Hurricane Michael — although the president seems dead set on spinning the whole ordeal positively anyway, since he’s focused on supposedly “rave reviews” FEMA has gotten.
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