Trump pushes conspiracy theory denying Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

14 September, 2018, 04:05 | Author: Carlos George
  • Resident Mirian Medina stands on her property about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island

President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd in Puerto Rico past year following Hurricane Maria.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a Democrat who has sparred with Trump multiple times, tweeted that "Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

Tapper explained the actual math used to calculate those who were killed.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted a little before 9 a.m. Thursday. Add in challenges like impaired communications and transportation, which may affect normal reporting processes, and it's easy to see how, by GWU's estimates, some 2,911 deaths that should have been counted as storm-related were not. The difference is how academic scientists gathered the information.

Graham, whose state looks to take the brunt of Hurricane Florence's impact, added: "I think it's a tragedy that anybody dies through a natural disaster. He's misrepresenting the science here".

George Washington University stood by the science behind its findings, calling the figure of 2,975 deaths "the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date". But more importantly, he says exact death counts are not the most meaningful piece of information to be gleaned from studying disasters. "The question for me is, like, why?" The death toll in Puerto Rico had been officially recorded as 64 for almost a year, despite convincing evidence that the figure was too low because official death certificates had failed to take into account the long-range impacts of the storm.

Florida Democrats responded swiftly to Trump's unsubstantiated claims. They had to be carried to safety though wind and rain and storm surge flooding because New York City elected not to evacuate them in advance.

He said: "With 3,000 people dead, for the president to say that Puerto Rico was a success, a triumph of his presidency is simply delusional". You should never be content with everything we did.

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But the real smackdown came from Republican commentator Ana Navarro.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight Senate race, also split from Trump. Both of them have the full support of Trump for their candidacies.

At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane".

"The president's a counterpuncher, we now that. The people that went through this, they know what happened". "It's an isolated island that lost its infrastructure and power for a long time, you couldn't get to people for a long time", Ryan said. They should have known that delivering supplies would be more complicated and they'd have stepped up their game. The very next day - and Haiti is not even a United States territory!

Urban continued to make excuses, saying that it was a catastrophe on the ground with ports crushed and chaos.

However Trump implied the death toll was revised for political reasons.

"That's comparing him to Hitler, someone who gasses his own people that starve their people, the orders for thousands of their own people to die", Huntsman responses.

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