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Trump disputes Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll. Here's how they are calculated

Trump disputes Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll. Here's how they are calculated

"The attitude from the administration and the Republican Congress is unacceptable", she said at a U.S. Capitol news conference, flanked by other Democrats.

"I think these statements make him illegitimate as a president of the United States", she said.

Since the hurricane struck in September a year ago, several investigations by academics and journalists suggested the death toll was much higher than the official count, which for months stayed at 64. We still. you see the hurricanes forming now. More than 80 people died as a result of that storm, according to officials.

In the tweet, Trump quoted Rivera saying, "They say all these people died in the storm in Puerto Rico, yet 70 per cent of the power was out before the storm".

At one point, while serving food, he joked about his hands being "too big" to fit in the plastic gloves.

"I wish he'd paused and expressed that, instead of just focusing on the response success", Bossert said.

"It's been done very efficiently and very well", he added, referencing the recovery efforts.

Before the government-commissioned GWU study, many independent investigations also found the Hurricane Maria death toll to be in the thousands.

Of course, the 2,975-person death toll from Hurricane Maria was not a Democratic ploy to hurt Trump. "When I left the island after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from six to 18 deaths".




"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted".

President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which slammed Puerto Rico in September 2017.

In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid.

Puerto Rico was recovering from Hurricane Irma before Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, destroying roads and bridges and leaving much of the Caribbean island without electricity for months.

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico's governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64, following the study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University at the federal government's request.

Pesquera, said in a statement that "the Government of Puerto Rico never received the water from FEMA for distribution during the emergency, and it was not until April 2018 that we were notified of its availability".

At the same briefing, he also referred to Florence multiple times as "Hurricane Floyd" - a storm that devastated parts of the East Coast in 1999, causing 87 deaths.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch". Even then, it was obvious that the real death toll was far higher, and that Puerto Rican leadership was ill-equipped to gather an accurate count.


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