Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

In December 2017-three months after Hurricane Maria devasted Puerto Rico-Puerto Rican officials reported that 64 people had died on the island as a result of Maria. The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching.

In a latest fit of fury, Trump successfully enraged millions of Americans by claiming the nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by two back-to-back hurricanes were fake news.

A report from George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico concluded on August 29 that 2,975 likely died as a result of Hurricane Maria and the catastrophic conditions on the USA territory after the storm.

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

Gidley cited studies that attributed fewer than 3,000 deaths on the island to Maria.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

"I'm not to blame for this", Trump said about Maria at one point, according to one of his advisers. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths". North Carolina, which has taken the brunt of Hurricane Florence, has become a presidential swing state.

Trump continued to enrage his critics in a series of tweets on Friday night, casting doubt on an academic study that calculated almost 3,000 deaths in the months following Maria.

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She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing". Where is Hurricane Florence now? Areas east and south of Charlotte are expected to receive higher totals from Florence.

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age. One year after the devastating storm, a precise figure is yet to be declared.

"We are scientists. We are public health people". And it's been there for six months.

"The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CBS New York on Thursday that he was a Democrat but stressed that the government sought the study and said it "tried to make this process a completely independent process".

"That's the official death toll, you lunatic", Meyers said. "We will keep you posted when we have details", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday. The footage prompted accusations that Trump lacks empathy. Puerto Ricans are a key potential voting bloc in Florida's closely contested elections. "Think of the people who are affected by that".

His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response.

"'We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)", Trump tweeted.

Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an "incredible unsung success".

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