Trump’s Hurricane Maria Tweets Get Rare Republican Pushback In Florida

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

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". All told, about 1,800 people died in that 2005 storm.

"Mr. President- I'd very much be willing to walk you through the scientific process of the study and how [George Washington University] arrived at the excess mortality number estimate", Rosselló replied to Trump's tweet.

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

The number of almost 3,000 was released last month after an independent study by the George Washington University (GWU) in July, which was commissioned by the governor of Puerto Rico.

The study found that those deaths could be attributed directly or indirectly to Maria from the time it struck in September 2017 to mid-February of this year.

President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which slammed Puerto Rico in September 2017.

Trump began to focus on Hurricane Florence earlier this week, calling for an Oval Office briefing with the FEMA director to warn about the threat.

Puerto Ricans in CT said they are infuriated at the president for downplaying the severity of Hurricane Maria.


Trump's tweets are not only disrespectful to the lives lost in Puerto Rico; they also assert a well-known trait of the president: no matter the tragedy, everything is always about him.

But Trump, that official said, was unwilling to admit even internally that more needed to be done on the island.

"The idea that a year after the fact we're complaining - look, we've gone back in and done a really pretty wonderful job of trying to rebuild", said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), noting the island's infrastructure was in poor shape before the hurricane.

A photographer working for a Puerto Rican police agency posted photos online Tuesday that he said showed a stockpile of bottled water on a runway in the city of Ceiba that had gone unused for about a year.

In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid. Researchers used what they called a "state-of-the-art mathematical model", which Trump misrepresented - wrongly saying the study counted deaths "for any reason, like old age".

The 3,000 figure Trump referenced comes from a study conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health. "We deserve and expect more from someone who holds the highest office in our country", Nelson wrote on Twitter - and shortly thereafter released the identical statement in Spanish.

Carmen Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, admitted there were some bureaucratic problems on the island, but she slammed Trump's comments and described them as "despicable" and "adding insult to injury".

In Florida, which was badly hit by Hurricane Irma past year and which received thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation of their homes, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis - who has built his campaign around his adherence to Trump's politics - tried to distance himself from the president's words.

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