Trump Rejects Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll Report

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For instance, almost 3,000 people died during the 9/11 attacks. On Thursday, Trump insisted in a pair of tweets that the official death toll was concocted by "Democrats" as part of a conspiracy to "make me look as bad as possible".

President Donald Trump, in a freakish and inaccurate pair of Tweets on Thursday morning, implied the official death toll in Puerto Rico after last year's hurricanes were wrong.

Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin called out Yulin Cruz last night on Fox News as being one of Puerto Rico's politicians who has "politicized" the natural disaster.

Cora told reporters he respects Trump, but noted that he doesn't "agree with a lot of stuff he says about us".

'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),' Trump tweeted. So now Rossello has gone from "a great guy" to a participant in an anti-Trump conspiracy.

In August, the number was revised upward to 1,400.

Maria hit past year as Trump was feeling positive about the handling of massive hurricanes in Florida and Texas and hoping to use those efforts to stem a tide of negative press.

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Puerto Rico's governor last month raised Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted. The study concluded that excess mortality between September 2017 and February 2018 was between 2,658 to 3,290 dead.

Trump visited Puerto Rico on October 3 of previous year, when the death toll was estimated to be 16, comparing the storm favorably to Katrina saying "Sixteen versus in the thousands".

As we heard in the tape, this new higher estimate from George Washington University, how was that reached? A USA territory since 1898, Puerto Rico's inhabitants are citizens, though they can not vote in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

"One thing for sure, the government helped". But the federal government and its leader bear their share of culpability.

Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole weeks after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria last September.

When Trump was criticized for his lackadaisical response, he added insult to injury by blasting the mayor of San Juan for "poor leadership ability". "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people".

Graham also defended the president, saying he doesn't think he's indifferent to people who live on the island.

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