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According to Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, which was devastated by Hurricane Dorian, the losses could have been much worse if it weren’t for American aid.
Minnis issued a huge thanks to the United States and President Trump, who “expressed condolence to the entire Bahamian populace and that the United States would be available and would be there to assist us,” during a phone call with the Bahamas PM.
“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,” spoke Minnis on U.S. aid during Hurricane Dorian in a phone interview with Anderson Cooper.
The Washington Examiner has more to say on this:
The prime minister also said he had a "very good" conversation with President Trump about relief efforts to the island nation, and he said he was surprised that Trump opened the conversation by expressing his condolences for the death of Minnis' brother, who died Tuesday.
"I must say that from day one, the United States was in our territory assisting us with all of our needs," Minnis said. "Had it not been for the United States, we would not have been advanced this far in the entire process."
Minnis also announced that the death toll from Dorian had risen to 30, which he expected to rise in the coming days.
The Hill via MSN also commented on U.S. aid to the Bahamas:
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Thursday night praised the U.S. for "assisting us with all of our needs" after the islands were struck by Hurricane Dorian.
Minnis said U.S. aid has likely helped to lower the storm's death toll.
"From day one, the United States was in our territory assisting us with all of our needs. Had it not been for the United States we would not have been advanced this far in the entire process," Minnis said in a CNN interview.
"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.