Earlier this month, the governor of Puerto Rico raised the death toll to 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers from the Milken Institute at George Washington University at the government's request. More than 100 people died as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Brock Long, the head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), warned that Florence could "kill a lot of people". This number included deaths that were indirectly related to the storm.
The president tweeted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas.
Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Maria. While Puerto Ricans were still dying as a result of the hurricane - due to shortages of electricity and medical care - Trump informed the island's inhabitants that they should be grateful that his efforts had spared them from suffering a "real catastrophe like Katrina". On Wednesday he posted a video on his account stating that "we are ready" although "bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size".
"If (Trump) doesn't learn from his mistakes, he's going to make them again and people are going to continue to die", she told CNN television.More news: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: I've decided our captain
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"Now, folks, if you watch the show, you know we kid the president about being a bad person", he said. Curiel, a 60-year-old who had heart problems and diabetes, walked 10 flights of stairs to the ground floor of his condominium, twice a day, to get insulin from a refrigerator cooled by a generator after Hurricane Maria hit.
"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said, breaking with the president.
Where does the official death toll come from?"Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one", says Colbert.
Trump has been on a tear about the death toll in Puerto Rico for days.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, objected to President Donald Trump's comments on Twitter about the devastation Hurricane Maria did to his home in 2017. Salon notes that nobody corrected him by pointing out that Puerto Rico is a territory of the US. "This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".
FEMA, the agency in charge of coordinating the federal response to Florence, was criticized previous year for its handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.