Trump Denies Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria Death Toll

The Washington Post via Getty Images               Hurricane Maria destroyed homes and killed 3,000 people last year

Hurricane Florence is bringing widespread flooding, heavy rains and strong winds to many coastal areas of North and SC. And she was quick to respond to Trump's tweets on Puerto Rico's death toll, declaring that the comments "might be a new low".

I hate that people that make it a political issue. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers".

In his segment, Dobbs then went on to assert that the president was accurate, even though Trump did not provide any evidence for his claims.

"Everything is about him and political posturing", Cruz said.

Especially upset were GOP politicians in Florida, a state with a substantial Puerto Rican population.

Much of the Puerto Rico remained without power and running water for months after Maria hit, and many residents died while waiting for help. "The loss of any life is tragic".

The White House defended the president on Thursday. But that isn't how anyone measures a hurricane's death toll (including Donald Trump, who, during his visit to Puerto Rico, cited a death toll from Katrina that included those killed by the conditions that storm left in its wake).

"As the President said, every death from Hurricane Maria is a horror". President Trump took a four-day golf vacation in its immediate aftermath.

The number of almost 3,000 was released last month after an independent study by the George Washington University (GWU) in July, which was commissioned by the governor of Puerto Rico.


In fact, there are two categories of disaster deaths.

"The people of Puerto Rico know the American government failed them", Velasquez said.

Trump's latest grumbling on the Maria death toll comes as Tropical Storm Florence inundates the Carolinas, killing at least four people.

The governor of Puerto Rico, who commissioned that research, said he accepted the estimate as official.

He says it is more robust than an earlier study by Harvard University that concluded there could be a death toll ranging anywhere from 793 to 8,498. These activists have not made any attempt to count the actual number of hurricane-related deaths. "The people that went through this, they know what happened", Cora said. We are committed to the health of the population.

Rosselló added: "In the meantime, I hope you consider sending a message of support to show you stand with all of the US Citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones".

Rossello said Puerto Ricans "do not deserve to have their pain questioned" and backed the study. When Fox News finally mentioned Trump's statements, Fox reporter Jacqui Heinrich did not read the text of his denials, but instead stated only that Trump was "firing back on Twitter over his response to Puerto Rico, saying that Democrats are trying to make him look bad". After the total was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure.

Death figures were estimated by looking at mortality between September 2017 and February 2018, as well as modelling data for population trends, emigration and displacement.

Two days after U.S. Sen.

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