Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Reality Check: Is President Trump’s Puerto Rico Tweet Accurate?

Reality Check: Is President Trump’s Puerto Rico Tweet Accurate?

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria past year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths.

President Donald Trump has been "overly criticized" for his response to the deadly storm that struck Puerto Rico previous year, but neither the president nor his critics should be politicizing the tragedy, Rep. Chris Stewart said.

The report came almost a year after a much-maligned visit to Puerto Rico by Trump two weeks after Maria, where he implied that residents should be "proud" that the official death toll at the time was just 16 people, far lower than that of a "real catastrophe, like Katrina". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he wrote.

"The sad truth is that in trying so hard to make sure that the hurricane did not become 'Trump's Katrina, ' we lost far more lives", he continued, claiming that "more people died in Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico than died in Hurricane Katrina, and than died in the attacks of 9/11".

Last month, it was placed at 2,975 after the government commissioned an independent study by public health experts at George Washington University.

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures.

Thursday, Cruz called Trump "delusional, paranoid and unhinged", and said he's "so vain he thinks this is about him".

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"This is a devastating storm that hit an isolated island".

There has been no evidence to indicate that partisan politics has played a role in the calculation of the death tally, and George Washington University released a statement Thursday that said it stands by its work.

'I'm confident that those that needed those bottles of water got them during the response phase and these were excess bottles of water that were, again, transferred to save money for the American taxpayer in January, ' Kaniewski said.

In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid. "Those are just the facts of what happened". That left him with enough phone time to insult Jamie Dimon, the J.P. Morgan Chase CEO who said he could beat Trump in 2020 because he's "smarter than he is". But we also lived through the horrific aftermath and we know the toll it took on the most vulnerable.

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim", said Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.

Earlier this week, Donald Trump declared his administration's response to Hurricane Maria an "incredible, unsung success". In August, after a thorough review, Puerto Rican officials accepted a revised estimate of the dead as 2,975. He added that "casualties don't make a person look bad".

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