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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Trump's Maria response "a disaster"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks into a microphone
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced the Trump administration for its response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — where the storm ultimately resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths — after the president's repeated praise.

"The 1 year anniversary of Hurricane María is next week. Some of my PR family JUST got power a few weeks ago. People are developing respiratory issues partly due to airborne fungal spores from lack of proper cleanup. The admin’s response to Puerto Rico has been a disaster."

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