President Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death statistics

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President Donald Trump is denying that 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico's governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64, following the study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University at the federal government's request.

Wallace noted that she used to begin her show by joking that "the bottom was calling saying it wanted to know if we were there yet".

But instead I'm writing this ― fact-checking the president and pointing out a big problem that journalists face in the age of Trump. "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'".

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump wrote in his first Twitter post. And it is also true that 3,000 US citizens did not die "in" the hurricane - in the sense of being killed by storm surge or high winds. Events surrounding the games helped raise money for recovery efforts. This is what I know to be true: Every publicly released study that looked into the island's death toll after the storm has concluded that it far exceeded the government's initial numbers.

"An independent study said thousands were lost and (Puerto Rico) Gov. (Ricardo) Rosselló agreed", Scott added. "Indirect" deaths are harder to count because they can include such things as heart attacks, electrocutions from downed power lines and failure to receive dialysis because the power is out - and those kinds of fatalities can happen after a storm has ended but while an area is struggling to restore electricity, clean water and other health and safety services.

"Now, folks, if you watch the show, you know we kid the president about being a bad person", he said.

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One media outlet where Trump was not subjected to scathing criticism for his Hurricane Maria death toll denials, however, was Fox News, according to a report by ShareBlue. I hate that people that make it a political issue.

At the same time, the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said he had no reason to dispute the official death toll, while Republican Senator Marco Rubio said tragedy should not be politicised.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo said both sides had politicized the Puerto Rico response.

"He's talking about the one a year ago, because he's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria, that decimated Puerto Rico last year", Colbert said.

After Donald Trump accused Democrats of fabricating the Puerto Rico hurricane death toll of almost 3,000, reaction from politicians, the media and online was swift and sharp.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the USA, is home to some 3.3 million people.

The tweets were a political grenade for Florida Republicans, who have traveled to Puerto Rico, sought endorsements from the island's officials and otherwise worked continually to court the Puerto Rican vote for November.

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