Trump notes that “we got lucky” because the storm mostly grazed Puerto Rico. Earlier this week, as Hurricane Dorian threatened the island, Trump taunted the U.S. territory in a series of tweets.
“Wow! Yet another big storm heading to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end?” he tweeted. In a later tweet he wrote that he’s “the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico.”
In the video, taped in the Rose Garden, Trump speaks directly into the camera for a minute and a half about the looming storm.
Trump canceled a trip abroad to stay back in Washington to monitor the storm. Trump owns four properties, including his Mar-a-Lago resort, along the eastern coast of Florida.
“It’s looking like it could be an absolute monster,” Trump says. He adds that someone told him it could be “bigger or at least as big as Andrew,” referring to the 1992 Category 5 hurricane that devastated Florida.