Trump says claim Puerto Rico hurricane killed 2,975 people is FAKE

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Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who talks to Trump often, said, "I don't think it's bad to say we could have done better in Puerto Rico".

Thursday, Stewart's spokeswoman, Daryn Frischknecht, said the congressman "doesn't have anything to add to the conversation" about the president's assessment of the death toll. "The people that went through this, they know what happened".

3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. Not only because it seemed indifferent to Puerto Rican suffering, but also because it is demonstrably false. But I think this is more than politics.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello commissioned George Washington University's Public Health School to look into the question.

As The Washington Post reported on Sept. 29, 2017, the president was initially attentive when Hurricane Maria made landfall on Wednesday, Sept. 20, but not for long: "For four days after that - as storm-ravaged Puerto Rico struggled for food and water amid the darkness of power outages - Trump and his top aides effectively went dark themselves".

Trump said on Twitter that "they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths" at the time he visited the island after the storm.


As one hurricane comes toward the U.S., President Trump is fighting back criticism over how his administration handled the last major hurricane. He also said he thought Trump "sees every attack on him as sort of undercutting his legitimacy". "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" "It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response".

The study says the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster. "We try to reach the truth, and we try to understand what is damaging the people in order to prevent disease", he said.

Trump's tweets - which came as a highly risky Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas - brought an immediate rebuke from Democrats in Congress. That statement ignored the difficulty of counting deaths after the hurricane decimated the island's infrastructure.

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released.

No one suggests that Trump was primarily responsible for the deaths in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico's government-led by a governor with the island's pro-statehood party who is also a Democrat-faced criticism for almost a year after the hurricane that it drastically undercounted the number of fatalities caused by Maria.

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