Trump declares thousands of deaths in Puerto Rico fake news

President Donald Trump left joined by FEMA Administrator Brock Long second from left and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen center speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday

President Donald Trump left joined by FEMA Administrator Brock Long second from left and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen center speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday

After Donald Trump took to his Twitter account on Thursday morning to deny the official death toll from Hurricane Maria, as Inquisitr reported, which slammed into Puerto Rico nearly exactly one year ago, outraged reaction poured in not only on social media, but from politicians and journalists as well, with even one Republican congresswoman slamming Trump for his "warped mind".

President Donald Trump has been "lying about Puerto Rico from the start to make himself look better", and on Thursday morning Trump lied once more by falsely claiming that a widely accepted academic study showing that almost 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricane Maria was "done by the Democrats" in an attempt to make him "look as bad as possible".

Like most conspiracy theories, this one makes no sense.

"Neither the people of Puerto Rico nor the victims deserve their pain to be questioned", GOP Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in response to Trump's tweets.

Tapper argued that because Trump is attacking the number and the media is now using it as an official death toll, chances are, Trump's own supporters aren't going to believe it.

"Scott and DeSantis have made clear who they stand with: Donald Trump, not the people of Puerto Rico and Florida -- and no election year stunt can erase that fact", Torres said in the statement issued by the Florida Democratic Party. He has since sought to minimise the death toll. It took more than 11 months, for example, to fully restore electricity.

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Colbert went on to read out a few of the president's tweets from Thursday, including one in which he disputed official studies that claimed Hurricane Maria was responsible for killing nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico. An independent study accepted by Puerto Rico officials concluded that 2,975 people died from the storm and its aftermath.

Before, during and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide an unprecedented support to Puerto Rico. Cruz maintains the federal government's response was slow and inadequate.

TRUMP DISPUTES 3,000 DEATHS IN PUERTO RICO: The president disputed the revised number of excess deaths following Hurricane Maria, and suggested Democrats released exaggerated numbers "to make me look as bad as possible"- the co-hosts weigh in. Trump, the story noted, spent a "long weekend" at his golf club and attended a political rally in Alabama.

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally. Those findings, by researchers at George Washington University on behalf of the Puerto Rico governor, were markedly different than the government's initial count, 64.

Connolly says that in light of Hurricane Florence reaching the Carolinas, the president should be focused on marshalling all resources to respond to a potential catastrophic storm. He was particularly pilloried for being out of touch when he praised FEMA Director Michael Brown: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", he said. He then parroted Trump talking points that the island wasn't in great shape, to begin with, and that it wasn't the federal government's fault they couldn't get resources to people.

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