Trump Says Democrats Inflated Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria

14 September, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Heather Diaz
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Two of Florida's top Republicans on Thursday distanced themselves from President Donald Trump's false claim that Hurricane Maria did not kill almost 3,000 people in Puerto Rico past year, despite an estimate accepted by the island's government.

Trump once again attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, tweeting: "We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)".

"As time went by it did not go up by much", Trump wrote.

As the southeastern US coastal states now face a looming threat from fast-approaching Hurricane Florence, Trump has for days revisited the USA government's performance in handling the aftermath of Maria's stunning blow to Puerto Rico and other hurricanes that hit the US mainland a year ago.

It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health. You will never take away our self respect.

The president raised eyebrows Tuesday when he touted the response efforts in a meeting to go over preparations for the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence inching toward the Carolinas. "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he saw no reason to dispute the numbers found in the GWU study.

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Trump is seemingly ignoring the aftereffects of the storm in his tweet and focusing only on deaths attributable to things like flying debris, drowning and structures that collapse. Then, a few weeks ago, a study from George Washington University revised that number to 2,975.

The president tweeted that the 3,000 number was offered up by Democrats to make him look bad. Mr. Trump appeared confident that the federal response would be on par to his other "A pluses" in Texas and Florida, assuring those in the path of the storm: "We'll handle it, we're ready, we're able".

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

Cora did credit the president for making a visit to Puerto Rico after the storm. "Those are just the facts of what happened". "He's the president of the United States, but I don't agree with a lot of what he says about us".

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim", said Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.

"What is offensive to many of us is that even though the president dropped the ball, he is now doing a victory dance in the end zone".

He accused Democrats of inflating the official death toll to "make me look as bad as possible". "The loss of any life is tragic". She added: "Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES". "I think it's about a country that really suffered", Cora said.

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