Trump touts 'unappreciated great job' in Puerto Rico, slams San Juan mayor

Trump touts 'unappreciated great job' in Puerto Rico, slams San Juan mayor

She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy".

Trump tweeted his doubts Thursday morning about an independent assessment that found 2,975 people died as a result of the storm almost one year ago.

For the past year, Trump has bragged about his administration's response to Maria and how few people died compared to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which killed more than 1,800 in and around New Orleans.

"This is a devastating storm that hit an isolated island". As time went by it did not go up by much. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump tweeted. On Thursday he claimed that the death toll in Puerto Rico was a Democratic ploy to "make me look as bad as possible". The death toll from the hurricane is now believed to be around 3,000, as many residents did not have access to basic necessities such as clean drinking water.

With the deadly remnants of Hurricane Florence still pounding the Carolinas, President Donald Trump took to Twitter again late Friday night to question the number of deaths in Puerto Rico attributed to last year's Hurricane Maria.

Below is a list of studies that have estimated the death toll there.

Carmen Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, admitted there were some bureaucratic problems on the island, but she slammed Trump's comments and described them as "despicable" and "adding insult to injury".

"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.

Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electricity grid.

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He continued, "In the meantime, I hope you consider sending a message of support to show you stand with all of the US Citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones".

Earlier this month, the governor of Puerto Rico raised the death toll to 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers from the Milken Institute at George Washington University at the government's request.

Especially upset were GOP politicians in Florida, a state with a substantial Puerto Rican population.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Trump's tweets "shameful" and said the president owes "3,000 families in Puerto Rico an apology".

But Trump suggested Friday that it was questionable that the Puerto Rican government commissioned the study from an outside group.

"People appreciate what's been done", Trump said following the visit. He's the president of the United States.

Whether those statements will be enough in an election that is shaping up to be all about the president is unknown. Former congressman and GOP gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis - an ardent Trump defender who campaigned with the president during the Republican primary - also said he disagreed with Trump Thursday.

"I spent a [sic] 5 days volunteering in Puerto Rico several months after the Hurricanes", Cox wrote.

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