Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

Stacks upon stacks of bottled water sit near a runway in Ceiba Puerto Rico

Stacks upon stacks of bottled water sit near a runway in Ceiba Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria past year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths.

Trump said the number of deaths when he visited Puerto Rico after the storm was "from 6 to 18", even though news outlets were already reporting dozens, if not hundreds, of additional casualties that were likely uncounted.

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"I was there a long time, there was a transformer fire and the power went out, when they started dying then?"

Researchers, if not Trump, have blamed Maria and aftermath for almost 3K deaths that followed in Puerto Rico. Based on data from a recent study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, the official Hurricane Maria death toll was raised in August from 64 to 2,975.

The death toll from Maria, the most powerful storm to hit there in nearly a century, was raised last month from 64, a number widely discounted as far too low, to 2,975.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz called the president's comments "delusional, paranoid and unhinged from any sense of reality".


"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

The president tweeted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas. I know probably he doesn't feel that way. Carlson started by asking him about comments he made regarding Russian Federation, and Avenatti said Trump should "not be standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and choosing Russian Federation over the hardworking men and women of the intelligence community that risk their lives for this country. The people that went through this, they know what happened".

"Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said on Tuesday, adding that the island was fraught with issues prior to the hurricane. That study - conducted by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University - estimated 2,975 deaths.

However Trump implied the death toll was revised for political reasons. "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

"As president of the United States your very first responsibility is to protect the lives of American citizens after disasters", she said.

"Physician unawareness of appropriate death certification practices. and the government of Puerto Rico's lack of communication about the death certificate process.substantially limited the count of deaths related to María". "How could you be so self-centered and try to distort the truth so much?"

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