Trump disputes Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2018

A day earlier, Trump was criticized by Democrats after he touted the "incredibly successful" response to the back-to-back hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico past year.

"Nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria".

Connolly said Puerto Rico was prostrate for the better part of a year, "most of its power out for months and months and months, homes destroyed, roads washed away". As time went by it did not go up by much.

Camerota spoke to reporter Abby Phillips as she covered Trump's newest tweets where he not only rejected the reports saying nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died because of the storm, he also accused Democrats of coming up with that estimate "to make me look as bad as possible". While Puerto Ricans were still dying as a result of the hurricane - due to shortages of electricity and medical care - Trump informed the island's inhabitants that they should be grateful that his efforts had spared them from suffering a "real catastrophe like Katrina". "The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico I think was tremendous".

During times of trouble and strife, the American people look to their president for guidance and reassurance that the government can handle a crisis, but as Hurricane Florence comes barreling toward the Carolinas, they won't be getting any of that from President Trump, Seth Meyers said on Wednesday's Late Night.

'You have people who died after the storm passed because they fell off their roof making repairs, they died in vehicle crashes because the stoplights were off, you have chainsaw accidents, you have accidents with people cleaning up debris, ' he said. "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success".

As he braces for Hurricane Florence, President Donald Trump is stoking new outrage over his refusal to accept any blame for the relief effort following Puerto Rico's monster storm previous year.

The administration's efforts in Puerto Rico were widely criticized as slow and insufficient.

The study concluded that the initial death toll of 64 only included those killed directly by hurricanes Maria and Irma - either by drowning, flying debris or building collapse. It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

"Puerto Rico got hit not with one hurricane, but with two".

A photographer claimed to have discovered a stockpile of bottled water sitting on a tarmac in Puerto Rico.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who clashed with Trump multiple times over his response to the hurricane, also cried foul to the president's remarks on Tuesday.

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