"I'm really thrilled, once again, to welcome so many of my friends to the White House to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. That's a big month. That's a big month, right?"
2. SOUNDBITE (English) President Donald Trump:
"The recovery and all of the efforts we've made in Puerto Rico - it's been an incredible, tough situation, but we fought and we are winning that one big. And I want to thank you, Luis and everybody. I want to thank you and the people of Puerto Rico. (applause) And we stand with Puerto Rico and we are helping them to rebuild stronger and better than ever before. And that's what's happening, too. Thank you, thank you."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) President Donald Trump:
"As we speak our fellow citizens are being affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Florence. Nearly 20000 federal and military personnel are deployed to support response efforts along the southeast coast. These are incredible people that are going through a lot right now. We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe. To every family who has lost a loved one in these really devastating hurricanes and storms all of America grieves with you are hands are folded in prayer and outstretched with love. We will never ever leave your side."
4 . SOUNDBITE (English) President Donald Trump:
"When we say that Hispanic has reached the lowest unemployment rate in the history of our country, how does somebody beat that? Say, oh, they're going to do better? I don't know. I don't think so. They're not going to do better. In fact, it will start going in the wrong direction."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) President Donald Trump:
"The poverty rate for Hispanics just reached a new, all-time historic low. Nearly 350,000 Hispanics were lifted out of poverty in 2017. That's pretty good. These are very hard numbers to be beat. I better win the Hispanics next time, right? But we did well, we did well. We did a lot better than anyone thought, but we better win it, Alex, okay, I'm going to put that on you."
President Donald Trump says the aftermath of last year's hurricanes in Puerto Rico have been an "incredible, tough situation" but adds, "we fought, and we are winning that one big."
Trump is speaking at a White House event honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Trump is recognizing Puerto Rican Lt. Gov. Luis Rivera Marín and says "we stand with Puerto Rico" and will help the island rebuild "stronger and better than ever before."
The president last week disputed the death toll in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria.
Trump is also addressing the impact of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. He says, "We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe," and the nation grieves for those who have lost loved ones in the storm.