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

He's talking about the one a year ago because he's been tweeting a lot about how good a job he did responding to Hurricane Maria that decimated Puerto Rico last year, resulting in the death of nearly 3,000 American citizens.

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a awful hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet.

The report came almost a year after a much-maligned visit to Puerto Rico by Trump two weeks after Maria, where he implied that residents should be "proud" that the official death toll at the time was just 16 people, far lower than that of a "real catastrophe, like Katrina". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump tweeted.

Trump called the death toll a move by Democrats to make him look "as bad as possible".

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. He said officials at all levels of government in Puerto Rico also shared responsibility.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz responded to Trump's comments Thursday morning in a series of messages on Twitter.

Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER.

Trump's visit to Puerto Rico in October 2017 was defined by the moment he threw paper towels into a crowd of people as aid agencies and journalists warned of a major humanitarian crisis spanning the island of 3.3 million people.

Katie Pavlich said there can be valid questions about how death tolls are determined and whether the federal or local government is more responsible, but that's an argument for another time. An independent study accepted by Puerto Rico officials concluded that 2,975 people died from the storm and its aftermath.

And House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said, "I have no reason to dispute these numbers".

CNN political commentator and frequent Trump critic Ana Navarro unloaded on the president's tweets regarding the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria past year.

"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".

However Trump implied the death toll was revised for political reasons.

Carlos Santos-Burgoa, the principal investigator of the GWU study and a professor in the Department of Global Health, said Friday afternoon that he and his colleagues were unbiased in their work and received no political pressure from Democrats or anyone else to come up with a high estimate of storm-related deaths.

"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted". One year after the devastating storm, a precise figure is yet to be declared.

In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid.

Hurricane Maria and Irma hit Puerto Rico a year ago and knocked out power in the USA territory for months. "It's just what happened". "He's the president of the United States, but I don't agree with a lot of what he says about us". "The loss of any life is tragic".

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