Stephen Colbert fact-checks Trump's Puerto Rico hurricane comments

Stephen Colbert fact-checks Trump's Puerto Rico hurricane comments

The Republican president said Democrats had inflated the number of dead in Puerto Rico "in order to make me look as bad as possible" but he did not provide evidence.

A study conducted at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health found that 2,975 died in Puerto Rico, and the official number of deaths was revised from 64 by the Puerto Rican government.

There was a higher and more persistent risk of death for people living in "low socioeconomic development municipalities" while men aged 65 and over "experienced continuous elevated risk of death through February".

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Thursday that it was "disrespectful" for President Trump to refute an official report that raised the Puerto Rico death toll from last year's Hurricane Maria to almost 3,000 people while claiming that Democrats inflated the count.

Florence is forecast to dump up to a metre of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

When Trump visited the island territory last October, officials told him in a briefing that 16 people had died from Maria.

"You know, 3,000, six, 18. We will keep you posted when we have details", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall as torrential rains batter coast
Almost 300,000 customers in North Carolina were meanwhile reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached. A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour , the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

Stephen Colbert of The Late Show began his nightly monologue by demonizing POTUS' lack of response to Hurricane Florence, a superstorm now working its way through the Carolinas and his hyper focus on Maria, a storm that took place nearly a year ago.

"Physician unawareness of appropriate death certification practices. and the government of Puerto Rico's lack of communication about the death certificate process.substantially limited the count of deaths related to María".

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

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina with heavy rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the US southeast.

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 researchers also factored in migration away from Puerto Rico in the wake of the storms.

Trump insists his response to Maria was an "unsung success" and has spent a good portion of the past few days branding the official death toll fake news and arguing that few died from the storm in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico's government is run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party.

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