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President Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death statistics

President Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death statistics

After Trump denied that nearly 3000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican government officials-having witnessed the devastation first hand-were indignant, including Gov. Ricardo A. Roselló.

Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Maria. 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". He's now falsely claiming that 3,000 people did not die in the wake of the devastating storm.

"My own grandfather died in the aftermath of the storm". He went on to accuse Democrats of inflating the numbers to make him look bad.

"I don't want to comment on what the president said", said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who went on to ask why estimates of the dead had sharply increased over the a year ago. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers".

Cora, born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, went further than that.

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

The NBC star didn't just target Trump for his Puerto Rico tweets, though. "The loss of any life is tragic". "Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one", says Colbert.

"As the President said, every death from Hurricane Maria is a horror".

The White House, while describing any death from the hurricane as "a horror", sought to defend Trump's handling of the disaster, saying he had "directed the entire administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico".

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The study found that those deaths could be attributed directly or indirectly to Maria from the time it struck in September 2017 to mid-February of this year.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

'When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. CNN's reporting also reflects similar numbers to the updated count.

The report was commissioned by Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who faced public pressure after the original death toll was widely disputed. We are committed to the health of the population. "How could you be so self-centered and try to distort the truth so much?".

Puerto Rico's government is run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party. 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.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018.... A US 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.

Meyers was stunned by Trump's tweets denying the death toll.

When CNN contributor Ana Navarro criticizes Trump, his supporters typically try to paint her as a Democratic Party operative.

Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an "incredible unsung success".


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