Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll, blames Dems

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll, blames Dems

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

Kaniewski defended the decision, amid a tense time for the agency, as President Trump lauded the agency's handling of the hurricane and disputed an analysis that put the death toll at almost 3,000 people - while Hurricane Florence started slamming into the Carolinas. Its inhabitants are USA citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, seized on Trump's use of the word "successful" and said in a statement at the time: "No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called "successful" because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump tweeted. "3000 people did not die", he wrote.

Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring from Congress after 13 terms says people in the White House need to tell him that "the emperor has no clothes occasionally".

"I disagree with @POTUS- an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed".

Conducted by George Washington University, the study Trump is attempting to discredit as a Democratic plot was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, which revised its earlier Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 after the study was published in August. She noted that some 12,000 personnel were sent to Puerto Rico for response and recovery efforts and said the federal government would continue to support the island's government and its communities in their recovery for years to come.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said, breaking with the president. Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success? "What's going on is the president is doubting the death toll", Tapper schooled Urbin. And New Orleans was far more accessible than the mountainous island of Puerto Rico. Harvard's report, which was based on systematic household surveys throughout Puerto Rico, reached a estimate of 4,645 storm-related deaths between September and December 2017, many as a result of "delayed or interrupted health care".

"There are Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida, who could make or break statewide elections in Florida in 2018 and I hope all those Puerto Ricans and all those people who know Puerto Ricans in Florida or who like Puerto Ricans, who are mad as hell at this tweet remember that the deadline to register to Florida if you moved is October 9th".

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She said at the time that back-to-back hurricanes previous year prompted "the largest domestic disaster response mission in history".

There has been no evidence to indicate that partisan politics has played a role in the calculation of the death tally, and George Washington University released a statement Thursday that said it stands by its work.

Cruz tweeted Thursday, "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

"Damn it, this is not about politics, this was always about saving lives", she told NBC television.

Trump tweeted Thursday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas. "Our most recent examination of these data finds that excess deaths continued for months after the hurricane, and largely occurred due to delayed or prevented access to medical care".

"Hey, man, thank you for helping us".

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