Trump said on Twitter that "they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths" at the time he visited the island after the storm.
"I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said Tuesday of the response in Puerto Rico, suggesting that it was made more hard by the "island nature" of the storm site.
Ottmar Chavez, the new secretary of the island's General Services Administration, said at a news conference that Puerto Rican officials requested the water from the US government and were supposed to pick it up in late May.
Trump's tweets - which came as a highly risky Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas - brought an immediate rebuke from Democrats in Congress.
"It's 2,975 people, and they're still calling it an estimate - 2,975 people that will never see the light of day, and many of them died because of what was done by the administration and that was silently approved by most of the political class in Puerto Rico", Cruz told CNN earlier this month.
This is a developing story. It was commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and was conducted by experts at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.
"What may be millions of water bottles. meant for victims of Hurricane Maria, have been sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, since previous year, according to @FEMA, which confirmed the news to me", Begnaud wrote.
"Shame on President Trump".
None of that is true, Meyers said, including the part about Puerto Rico being inaccessible ("There's a Jet Blue flight there every half hour", he noted), but it's not surprising that Trump is having a hard time calming people down because he is so freaked out over Bob Woodward's new book, Fear. "I think in a certain way, the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that".
In response, the Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, tweeted: "Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER". And the problem with Puerto Rico is their electric grid and their electric-generating plant was dead before the storms ever hit.
"We think the federal government can solve everything, and it really can't", he said.
"Once the transfer of water took place, the water became property of the government of Puerto Rico", FEMA said.