Trump On Puerto Rico: 'Nobody’s Ever Seen Anything Like It.'

President Donald Trump continued to make excuses for his poor handling of Puerto Rico's post-hurricane recovery. He claimed that “nobody’s ever seen anything like it."

The President also continued to blame Puerto Rico's status as an island for why recovery has been so slow according to the Washington Post.

Facing a cascade of criticism over his administration’s response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, President Trump on Friday sought to underscore the vast challenges involved in the recovery effort, saying “nobody’s ever seen anything like it.”

At the top of a speech devoted to tax policy, Trump ticked off a series of issues he said are making the recovery more difficult, including that Puerto Rico is an island, that its infrastructure was already in “very, very poor shape” and that the U.S. territory is saddled with “tremendous” debt.

Trump repeatedly asserted his administration was facing unprecedented challenges in responding to a storm “of historic and catastrophic severity” that has affected an island that is home to 3.4 million Americans.

“This is an island surrounded by water — big water, ocean water,” Trump said.