>> I would say everybody should get out. I mean, you have to listen to your local authorities.>> President Trump on Tuesday said the Federal Government is sparing no expense in its response to what appears to be imminent destruction on the US East Coast from Hurricane Florence.>> This storm is a monster.
It's big and it's vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life threatening, historic hurricane.>> North Carolina governor Roy Cooper warned of days and days of rain and potentially deadly flooding when the category four hurricane makes landfall Friday. More than a million and a half people have been ordered to evacuate the coastal areas and the Carolinas and Virginia.
>> Everybody's working together.>> Trump approved declarations of emergency for both Carolinas and Virginia. But as the President warned about the dangers posed by Florence, he took time to praise the government's response to 2017's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which he called incredibly successful.>> I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about.
>> That's contrary to a report from the US Government Accountability Office released earlier this month, which said FEMA was overwhelmed by other storms to adequately respond.>> I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible unsung success.>> A recent estimate puts the death toll for Maria at nearly 3,000 people.