Trump rejects storm death toll

Trump rejects storm death toll

Trump rejects storm death toll

The Republican president said Democrats had inflated the number of dead in Puerto Rico "in order to make me look as bad as possible" but he did not provide evidence.

On his show Late Night, host Seth Meyers discussed Trump's silly video and his outrageous claims about the death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which was as deadly as the September 11 attacks. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he tweeted Thursday.

A report earlier this month by the Government Accountability Office described the government as "down to the bottom of the barrel" in staffing by the time Maria hit Puerto Rico, citing a series of other hurricanes and catastrophic wildfires previous year that overwhelmed federal disaster responders.

This is what is going on: Some "scientists"-read anti-Trump Democratic Party activists-constructed a theoretical baseline of how many deaths would be expected to occur in Puerto Rico during the months after Hurricane Maria".

A FEMA administrator said the bottles, pictured on pallet after pallet on a Puerto Rican runway and covered in blue plastic, were deemed surplus. We don't know if it was sufficient, that it was enough, I don't know. "That is just what happened".

Earlier this week, Donald Trump declared his administration's response to Hurricane Maria an "incredible, unsung success". As a result, the agency didn't have almost enough supplies or qualified staff to send to Puerto Rico.

People online were aghast that the president would somehow blame Democrats for an accurate death toll being reported.

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Cora, who spends time in Puerto Rico in the offseason, said many people on the island are still struggling, but he's encouraged by the progress being made every day. "He's the president of the United States, but I don't agree with a lot of what he says about us".

Trump's tweets - which came as a highly risky Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas - brought an immediate rebuke from Democrats in Congress.

Hurricane Florence is the first major test of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since its much-criticized response to Maria, which caused devastation when it struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm a year ago.

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.

He added in a tweet: "The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching". Let's do better. But I don't think it helps to just point fingers at the president or the mayor.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz responded to Trump's comments Thursday morning in a series of messages on Twitter.

The statement from the Milken Institute School of Public Health said the study was commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico and was carried out "with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".

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