President Donald J. Trump received a briefing today from senior members of his Administration on the ongoing Federal response and recovery operations related to Hurricane Maria. President Trump stressed that his top priorities are life-saving and life-sustaining efforts in the affected areas. He emphasized the need to remain steadfast in supporting the ongoing response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The President made clear that there is no such thing as over-responding, and that he expects all elements of the Federal Government to plan for long-term support to the Governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Finally, he praised the leadership provided by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Governors Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico and Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands before, during, and after the impact of the recent storms. The President continues to extend his thoughts and prayers to those affected, and thanks all the first responders who are dedicating their time and efforts to their fellow Americans.
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