Trump claims ‘3000 people did not die’ in Puerto Rico hurricanes

Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria

Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria

As Hurricane Florence barreled toward North Carolina on Thursday, Trump took to Twitter to claim, without evidence, that Puerto Rico's death toll was not almost as high as researchers at George Washington University reported in an independent study. He says, "This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed".

Ms Cruz then shot back: "If he thinks the death of 3000 people is a success God help us all". These activists have not made any attempt to count the actual number of hurricane-related deaths.

They're counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed.

The Hot Topics table was sacked up this morning on "The View", as the show dove into President Donald Trump's latest tweets saying a report on the death toll in Puerto Rico was inflated to make him look bad.

"President Trump, to this day, has not acknowledged, not only the lack of resources and slow response time, but the continued issues in Puerto Rico", said Soto, a Democrat whose district covers a part of metro Orlando.

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.

On Thursday, Trump, without citing evidence, said that number was wrong and called it a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.

This new study of Maria, as indicated above, was looking at the number of people who probably would have died on average in each month following the storm going out to February fo the following year.

The 3,000 figure Trump referenced comes from a study conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

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"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 past year.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan and vocal critic of Trump, tweeted her dismay at his latest offensive.

In the tweet, Trump quoted Rivera saying, "They say all these people died in the storm in Puerto Rico, yet 70 per cent of the power was out before the storm".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday said she didn't want to dwell on the president's comments, but felt compelled to respond on behalf of hurricane victims.

The Puerto Rican government initially linked just 64 deaths to Maria.

Many on Puerto Rico criticized the analysis as too conservative in its approach, and believe the actual death toll was even higher.

The president has also questioned the findings of a detailed study commissioned by the Puerto Rico's government and claimed that its conclusion was politically motivated.

"I have no reason to dispute those numbers", Ryan told reporters on Thursday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reportedly told the CBS News correspondent David Begnaud that it provided the water to the central government in response to Hurricane Maria in 2017, but it is unclear what kept the water from being distributed.

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