Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump disputes Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

Trump disputes Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

As Tropical Storm Florence inundated the Carolinas on Friday, President Donald Trump circled back to his claim that the official death toll from a devastating storm a year earlier in Puerto Rico was inflated and said the number of dead seemed to rise from double digits to 3,000 "like magic".

As Hurricane Florence continued its destructive path in North and SC on Friday, President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a friend of Trump's who talks to him often, said he thinks Trump "sees every attack on him as sort of undercutting his legitimacy".

The president, with some justification, has said the situation in Puerto Rico after Maria was exacerbated by the island's remote location and pre-existing infrastructure issues, such as an antiquated power grid.

He continued, "This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico".

In the year since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the Puerto Rican government's official death toll has risen several times.

Trump's tweets aren't supported by facts.

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló appeared to be aware of the critical distinction between Trump's tweet and the study.

Trump earned some heavy criticism for those remarks, including from the outspoken mayor of the capital San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, on Tuesday night.

As Business Insider noted, Trump has been angry that what he saw as a generous gesture is being portrayed as insensitive to the destruction that the hurricane brought to Puerto Rico.

Santana's photos began to go viral on the same day that President Trump called his administration's response to Maria an "incredible, unsung success".

Today I was supposed to write about how children in Puerto Rico are still struggling to overcome the trauma of Hurricane Maria, their lives completely changed by the loved ones they lost and the destruction they faced in the aftermath of the storm. You should never be content with everything we did. "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date", the school said in a statement.

The report concluded that the original count was low because doctors and forensic pathologists in Puerto Rico didn't have guidance from state or federal officials to accurately count those who died.

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert also chose to discuss Trump's hurricane assertion after talking about the impending Hurricane Florence. John McCain. And Navarro has been absolutely livid about Trump's recent claims that the 2975 death toll in Puerto Rico is merely a Democratic Party fabrication.

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