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

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

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

Two of Florida's top Republicans on Thursday distanced themselves from President Donald Trump's false claim that Hurricane Maria did not kill almost 3,000 people in Puerto Rico past year, despite an estimate accepted by the island's government.

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".

President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into the crowd during his visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures.

Ryan didn't answer a question about whether Trump's claim disturbed him or whether Trump should apologize to the victims' families.

Trump cleared his public schedule Thursday to reportedly track Florence's movements as the deadly storm approached.

"It's a function of, this was a devastating storm that hit an isolated island", he said. "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people".

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However Trump implied the death toll was revised for political reasons. The George Washington University report said the actual number of excess deaths was estimated to be in the range of 2,658 to 3,290.

"I just think if we can keep politics out of it, help those people who are suffering, I just think that's a better response".

The official death count increased months after the storm because the government of Puerto Rico originally did not acknowledge counts from news outlets investigating the impact of the storm. "It wasn't because this president doesn't care about Puerto Rico". "Those are just the facts of what happened". "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!", he added.

"I disagree with @POTUS", Scott tweeted.

Instead, he argued, without providing evidence, that the death toll was a Democratic claim to make him look bad.

Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia says that if Democrats win back the House they will investigate the "failures of FEMA and the response of the administration" after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. One thing's for sure, and I told (the media) before, one thing I'm proud, we're standing up on our own two feet.

He added in a tweet: "The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching". And the the federal government's relief effort was riddled with demonstrable failures: Despite receiving advance warning of the hurricane's likely landfall in Puerto Rico, the administration neglected to deploy satellite phones, generators, and reserves of food, fuel, and water in advance of the storm.

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