Trump’s Hurricane Maria Tweets Get Rare Republican Pushback In Florida


"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump wrote.

The 3,000 number is an approximation from a George Washington University study that estimated how many "excess deaths" occurred as a outcome of Hurricane Maria, rather than as a result of the normal life cycle on the island.

"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them on to the list", he tweeted.

Seth Meyers responded to a video of Trump discussing the death toll in Puerto Rico with this analogy.

The official death count increased months after the storm because the government of Puerto Rico originally did not acknowledge counts from news outlets investigating the impact of the storm.

After Trump blamed democrats for reporting a higher death toll from the September 2017 storm, Cora said he doesn't think the matter should be viewed as a political issue.

Throughout his presidency, Trump has struggled to publicly express empathy at times of national crises, sparking outrage during his post-Maria visit when he feuded with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and tossed out paper towels to victims like he was shooting baskets. Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one. Rossello officially updated the island's death toll with the new information.

Trump followed up his first Thursday tweet by blaming Democrats - without evidence - for raising the death toll.

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum said "no death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane".

After reading the president's outrageous tweets to his audience, Colbert marveled at Trump's "love" for Puerto Rico, despite frequently trashing the local government there.

That left him with enough phone time to insult Jamie Dimon, the J.P. Morgan Chase CEO who said he could beat Trump in 2020 because he's "smarter than he is".

Meanwhile, yet another monster storm spins towards the East Coast, millions of US citizens are in harm's way, and he's tweeting about two-day old news.

"In a political situation where there's a concern about the federal response, we always see the feds overdoing it", said Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor in Florida, slammed Trump's tweet.

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally. He then started asking the questions, specifically, "Why don't you call Donald Trump the 'creepy porn president, ' he's the one that had sex with a 4-month-old son at home with my client without a condom".