Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

Trump is seemingly ignoring the aftereffects of the storm in his tweet and focusing only on deaths attributable to things like flying debris, drowning and structures that collapse. Trump claims, without evidence, that the total is wrong.

"We know a lot of people that right now are still suffering".

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to deny a report that 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. 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".

Later in August, the aforementioned independent report put the death toll of the 2017 storm at almost 3,000 people - most of whom died after the storm due to complications from widespread power outages and water shortages.

It was "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about, " Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he was receiving a briefing on Hurricane Florence. Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim.

He also said that "the victims nor the people of Puerto Rico deserve to have their pain questioned".

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora wasn't a big fan of President Donald Trump's comments Thursday about Puerto Rico. "Or should we call it the dead zone?"

The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital accused Trump of being "delusional".

Though the official death toll was changed in August, reports by other academic institutions and newspapers estimated the death toll was in the thousands as early as December 2017.

"You couldn't get to people for a long time on the island because roads were washed out, power was gone and the casualties mounted for a long time", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet. "This situation what happened in Puerto Rico, it's far more complicated and its not the president saying I want this to be a disaster for everyone".

The unusually high death rate never completely reached the normal level even after six months, the researchers found - a sign of Puerto Rico's continued struggle to deal with the effects of the hurricane. But the after-effects, people don't talk about that. "I think it's about a country that really suffered", Cora said. It is time to remember all those who lost their lives. He says the process was "carried out properly". "Democrats pushed him in front of my auto'".

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been in a war of words with Trump over the federal response to Hurricane Maria, shot back minutes later Thursday morning.

She added another tweet saying the USA leader was "delusional, paranoid and unhinged from any sense of reality". The Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas. Cruz had earlier described the federal disaster response in the United States territory a "despicable act of neglect". The site monitored Fox's coverage, noting that the network went 78 minutes without mentioning Trump's Twitter denials.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria previous year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths.

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

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