Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

"When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote.

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier. Governor Ricardo Rosselló faced constant political challenges over the disparity between the official death toll, released within weeks of the disaster, and what was apparent to most scientific researchers and reporters who investigated deaths. In seeking to assure Americans that his government is prepared for the storm, Trump has also tried to defend his administration's response to Hurricane Maria, calling it an "unsung success". The study said the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster. "This is a day where we should be focused on the people who will be affected by the hurricanes today, and it's him talking about himself a lot, and a lack of empathy and sort of a self absorption that we've seen a lot of the last two years".

Trump's visit to Puerto Rico in October 2017 was defined by the moment he threw paper towels into a crowd of people as aid agencies and journalists warned of a major humanitarian crisis spanning the island of 3.3 million people. For instance, almost 3,000 people died during the 9/11 attacks.

With all eyes on Hurricane Florence, a Facebook post is casting fresh doubts on the federal government's response past year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted".

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Trump's tweet came as Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolina coast.

It's not the first time Mr Trump and Ms Cruz have exchanged taunts on social media, with the San Juan leader having been critical of slow pace of the relief effort by federal authorities at the time of the category-four hurricane.

"The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous".

Trump's tweets are not only disrespectful to the lives lost in Puerto Rico; they also assert a well-known trait of the president: no matter the tragedy, everything is always about him.

Hurricane Maria and Irma hit Puerto Rico a year ago and knocked out power in the USA territory for months. "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people". An independent study accepted by Puerto Rico officials concluded that 2,975 people died from the storm and its aftermath.

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