Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

16 September, 2018, 14:38 | Author: Carlos George
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Pretty sure he died of old age. On Oct. 29, he died of a heart attack.

He wrote: "FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!"

"Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said on Tuesday, adding that the island was fraught with issues prior to the hurricane.

Having already drawn widespread criticism from members of his own party earlier this week for a claim made without evidence that the death toll was ginned up by Democrats in order to slime him, Trump once again tried to cast doubt on the estimated 2,975 killed by Hurricane Maria in the USA territory.

Trump @realDonaldTrump "When Trump visited the island territory last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died from Maria".

The late night host went on to point out that the 2,975 figure came from researchers at the George Washington University, adding that it was done at the government's request.

In fact, there are two categories of disaster deaths.

The official death toll later grew to 64, a figure that included "indirect deaths" connected to the hurricane. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. A Harvard study estimates the death toll might be as high as 4,645 people.

"In light of this, we have been in contact with FEMA and the Department of Health to test the water inventory received by the federal agency".

"The water was kept in an area that was pretty hard hit during the storm and could have used all the water they could have gotten", Begnaud said in a video report.

Rossello said Puerto Ricans "do not deserve to have their pain questioned" and backed the study.

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The Democratic lawmakers called on the administration to support more funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as back a formal review into what went wrong. "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'".

As Business Insider noted, the death toll from Hurricane Maria was estimated at 13 when Trump arrived on the island to survey relief efforts.

Even some Republicans suggested the president had gone too far Thursday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he saw no reason to dispute the numbers found in the GWU study.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz was a particularly aggressive critic of Trump in the days and weeks following the hurricane; her response to Trump's tweet today was no different.

But Donald Trump has continued to insist that the response to Hurricane Maria and the estimated death toll of 3,000 people in Puerto Rico was not his fault, the Washington Post noted.

President Donald Trump is pictured speaking during a Congressional Medal of Honor Society Reception in the East Room of the White House.

He ripped the Mayor of San Juan for allegedly playing the political game.

Almost 3,000 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Maria, making it the second-deadliest storm in the US.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo said both sides had politicized the Puerto Rico response.

And he did this as Hurricane Florence bore down on the USA on Thursday.

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