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Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

Ron DeSantis ― who during the primary campaign dressed his infant son in a "Make America Great Again" onesie for a TV commercial to show his adoration of Trump ― released a statement disagreeing with Trump's assertion that 3,000 people did not die because of the storm and that the number was the work of Democrats.

Based on data from a recent study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, the official Hurricane Maria death toll was raised in August from 64 to 2,975. When we think of people dying in a hurricane, we picture those who are washed out to sea, struck by flying debris, trapped under collapsed buildings, drowned in rising storm surge waters or even expiring from exposure while trapped on their roofs awaiting rescue.

Trump continued to enrage his critics in a series of tweets on Friday night, casting doubt on an academic study that calculated almost 3,000 deaths in the months following Maria. "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'". These activists have not made any attempt to count the actual number of hurricane-related deaths.

The White House, while describing any death from the hurricane as "a horror", sought to defend Trump's handling of the disaster, saying he had "directed the entire administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico".

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria past year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths.

However, that figure wasn't good enough for U.S. President Donald Trump.

"He's talking about the one a year ago, because he's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria, that decimated Puerto Rico last year", Colbert 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".

The emergency supplies were brought in by FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which smashed the island and left its residents without power, without roofs and without running water.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.

Thursday's tweets drew the ire of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, who has sharply criticized both the president and his administration's response to Maria. I know probably he doesn't feel that way.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CBS New York on Thursday that the government had sought the study and "tried to make this process a completely independent process".

He says it is more robust than an earlier study by Harvard University that concluded there could be a death toll ranging anywhere from 793 to 8,498. Hurricane Florence (by now a tropical storm) dumped more than a foot of rain in some places between Friday and Saturday mornings and is expected to continue moving slowly, dumping more rain over the area throughout the weekend.


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