(CNSNews.com) - Despite the criticism that President Donald Trump has received over his handling of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the Clinton administration’s FEMA director, James Lee Witt, thinks Trump and his team deserve an “A+” - a fact that Trump pointed out during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden Monday.
Witt told the Washington Post that he would give the federal government response to the hurricane - including Puerto Rico - the highest grade.
“They’ve maxed out probably how many people they could put there,” Witt said. “I know they’re all working frantically, but sometimes that’s not enough.”
Trump praised Witt for his assessment, saying it means a lot because Witt’s approval “takes it out of the realm of politics.”
“I was very honored to see a man that I’ve had a lot of respect for - James Lee Witt of the Clinton administration, the head of FEMA. He gave us an A+,” Trump said. “I just see-- it just came out, and I’ve always had respect for him.
“He gave us-- he’s the FEMA director of the Clinton administration, gave us an A+ for how we responded to the hurricane aftermath, all of the hurricanes, and that includes Puerto Rico. So I just want to thank Mr. Witt wherever you may be now, wherever you may be listening,” the president added.
“I just want to say I appreciate it, because that took it out of politics, out of the world of politics, in that he was from the Clinton administration and I'm sure remains loyal to the Clinton administration. I hope he does,” Trump said.