Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm toll of 3000 as Democrat plot

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm toll of 3000 as Democrat plot

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm toll of 3000 as Democrat plot

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a scholarly study that concluded almost 3,000 people were killed a year ago by Hurricane Maria on the island territory of Puerto Rico.

Mr. Trump inaccurately stated that only six to 18 people died "after" the storm hit the island and said Democrats padded the death toll by including, for example, a person who died of old age "in order to make me look as bad as possible". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote on Twitter.

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, threatening to cause substantial damage, Trump disputed the death count from last year's hurricane, despite the government formally raising the death toll from the disaster to 2,975 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University.

In a latest fit of fury, Trump successfully enraged millions of Americans by claiming the nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by two back-to-back hurricanes were fake news. "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people". One thing's for sure, and I told (the media) before, one thing I'm proud, we're standing up on our own two feet. While Cora acknowledged the government helped Puerto Rico, he questioned whether it did enough. "It's just what happened".

Earlier this week, Mr Trump hailed the United States response in Puerto Rico as "an incredible, unsung success".

Photos have emerged showing 20,000 pallets of bottled water meant for victims still sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, a year after the storm.

Trump visited the island on October 3, when the death toll was listed at 16, and he congratulated the island on avoiding "a real catastrophe like Katrina".

Cora, who is Puerto Rican, called the comments "disrespectful".

Cora told reporters he respects Trump, but noted that he doesn't "agree with a lot of stuff he says about us".

And FEMA Administrator Brock Long has said FEMA made changes to some of its priorities and procedures.

He said it was "not helpful" for either the president or one of his chief critics on the administration's response, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, "to be talking about it in a political way".

"That's the official death toll from an independent study commissioned by Puerto Rico's government and yet our deranged president doesn't believe it", Meyers said.

At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane".

Noah also cited the report, but did a take on a new "sh***storm Trump", and had mock stand-ups from various weatherpeople and newspeople, who treated the President as though he were a storm threatening the US. "The loss of any life is tragic". I hate talking about politics and all of that, but I think this is about more than politics.

The tweets come after intense criticism of federal help in the region's restoration efforts, so it's not exactly surprising Trump would deign to construe the official death estimate as an attack on him personally.

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said before Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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