General who handled Katrina response blasts Trump on Puerto Rico

General who handled Katrina response blasts Trump on Puerto Rico
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The retired lieutenant general who oversaw the government’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts said President Trump should have done more to prepare for Hurricane Maria.

"It’s kind of like Katrina: We got it. We got it. Oh, shit, send in the cavalry," Russel Honore told Bloomberg in an interview.

Honore said the White House should have prepared before Maria hit by sending in more personnel and equipment. He was also critical of Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey earlier this year. 

President George W. Bush faced widespread criticism for his response to Hurricane Katrina.

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The Trump administration announced Wednesday that more Pentagon resources would be sent to the island to assist with aid and restoration for the U.S. territory's 3.5 million residents, nearly half of whom are without clean drinking water.

Trump said earlier this week that delays in sending supplies to Puerto Rico have been due to the difficulty in getting supplies to the island. The White House announced Thursday that it would temporarily lift shipping restrictions to help deliver aid.