Coast Guard commandant: Trump administration was very committed to the people of Puerto Rico

Coast Guard commandant: Trump administration was very committed to the people of Puerto Rico
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Adm. Karl Schultz, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said Sunday that the Trump administration brought the full force of government resources to bear in its response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

"I know that the [federal] efforts that I saw were very much committed to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico," Schultz told ABC's "This Week" when asked if he agreed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE that the federal efforts in Puerto Rico were a success

He also pointed to the logistical challenge posed by the effort.

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"The response in Maria was massive," he said. "It's an island, which makes things challenging. The supplies that were lifted in by sea and air."

"It's a challenging area," he added.

Schultz did not comment on the accuracy of a George Washington University study that estimated almost 3,000 people died as a result of the storm.

"I'm not calling any numbers into doubt, what I'm saying is that, as our team was part of it, we were very much supported and empowered to get down there and try to be helpful," Schultz said.

Trump sparked controversy when he called the death count into question last week.