The Trump administration has made an all hands-on effort when it comes to working toward Puerto Rico's recovery, White House senior counsel Kellyanne Conway said Thursday, expanding on comments President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said about the work that has gone on in the weeks following Hurricane Maria.
"This is incredibly important so that people can just get those facts and figures directly from FEMA or from the president's own words [Thursday]," Conway told Fox News' Harris Faulkner on the "Outnumbered Overtime."
She explained there are "nearly 15,000" military personnel on the ground in Puerto Rico, along with thousands of workers from FEMA.
"You have one of the largest temporary housing missions in our nation's history, the greatest power restoration in our nation's history, or one of," Conway said. "We know this is going to take a long time. We're happy that 10.5 million meals have been delivered. Late statistics I have here from the White House suggest 55 percent or so of Puerto Ricans have access to clean drinking water. This has been all-hands effort by the administration."
Conway said it was "incredibly powerful" to hear Trump say there is "corruption" in Puerto Rico keeping people from getting the resources they need.
"Shame on anybody who for political or financial reasons are keeping people from getting the resources that they need that are being deployed on the island of Puerto Rico and are meant to be distributed to these folks," Conway said. "I'm very happy to hear that from the governor of Puerto Rico. Very happy to hear the Department of Justice is on tap there as well. We should all take a look at that."
Conway also discussed the upcoming budget vote, saying the Trump administration expects it to "finish strong."
"Passing the budget is often the next step toward getting historic tax cuts and tax overhaul which, of course, is the president's major priority domestically right now," Conway said. "We want a middle-class tax cut that spurs growth. Forget this 1.8 percent anemic growth we had in the last administration."
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