Bahamas Prime Minister Thanks Trump For Hurricane Relief Aid, Says ‘Death Numbers Would Be Even More’ Without It

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis thanked President Trump for the recovery teams and funds he sent shortly after Hurricane Dorian hit his country as a Category 5.

“From day one, the United States was in our territory assisting us with all of our needs,” he said during a phone call with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, as the Western Journal reports. “Had it not been for the United States we would not have been advanced this far in the entire process.”

“Even though our death numbers, we expect they [will] increase, had the United States not come in quickly … our death numbers would be even more,” he added.

"Even though our death numbers, we expect they [will] increase, had the United States not come in [to] quickly,…

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President Trump responded to the kind words, thanking the Prime Minister in return.

“Thank you to Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis for your very gracious and kind words in saying that without the help of the United States and me, their would have been many more casualties. I give all credit to FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, & the brave people of the Bahamas,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

“I would also like to thank ‘Papa’ Doug Manchester, hopefully the next Ambassador to the Bahamas, for the incredible amount of time, money and passion he has spent on helping to bring safety to the Bahamas. Much work to be done by the Bahamian Government. We will help!” he added.

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The Western Journal reports:

In an interview with NPR, Minnis talked about the damage from Hurricane Dorian.

“Just think of a city that has developed proper health facilities, proper schools, roads, (unintelligible), water,” he said.

“They have developed a downtown, all the different infrastructure. Think of that existing today, and then tomorrow, it’s completely flattened — mounds of rubble, some concrete, some wood — wooden docks especially — completely destroyed. Boats on the land — it’s mind-boggling. It’s something you’ve never seen before.”

Minnis further said that “it will take a long time to rebuild, but be assured that we’re a resilient nation, and we will build our country back even stronger.”

“We’ve experienced hurricanes before. The islands have been partially destroyed and been rebuilt, but we’ve not experienced anything this big, and that’s why we welcome the external — the international help that came in so quickly to assist us.”