Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

14 September, 2018, 18:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Trump disputes Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

"I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", Trump said. He said the toll was no greater than 18 when he visited the island previous year and "did not go up by much". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he said in a tweet Thursday morning as Carolinians prepared to be pummeled by Hurricane Florence.

A report earlier this month by the Government Accountability Office described the government as "down to the bottom of the barrel" in staffing by the time Maria hit Puerto Rico, citing a series of other hurricanes and catastrophic wildfires previous year that overwhelmed federal disaster responders.

The report was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government and compiled by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Kaniewski defended the decision, amid a tense time for the agency, as President Trump lauded the agency's handling of the hurricane and disputed an analysis that put the death toll at almost 3,000 people - while Hurricane Florence started slamming into the Carolinas.

"I disagree with @POTUS- an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed". That left him with enough phone time to insult Jamie Dimon, the J.P. Morgan Chase CEO who said he could beat Trump in 2020 because he's "smarter than he is".

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Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area. Florence was upgraded twice Monday to a Category 4. "Right now it's 625 miles South of Bermuda, with 105 mph winds".

He was reacting to President Donald Trump's tweets that dispute the projected death toll from Hurricane Maria past year.

Mr Gutierrez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, was involved in the USA territory's recovery operation. The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped, [so did] the Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros, there's a lot of people in the States that are still helping us.

At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane". Wednesday, Trump called her "totally incompetent" when he tweeted another defense of how the emergency was managed.

"Hey, man, thank you for helping us".

George Washington University stood by its estimate.

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

Trump insisted on Twitter that Democrats inflated the death toll "related to Hurricane Maria" to score political points against him.

Rossello said Puerto Ricans "do not deserve to have their pain questioned" and backed the study.

In one Twitter post, Trump accused "Democrats" of fabricating the revised death toll "to make me look as bad as possible".

We should note the response to Hurricane Maria was made especially challenging by these one-off factors: It was the third major hurricane of the season, it struck outside the continental USA, and Puerto Rico's electric grid and financial situation was already in disarray.

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"This was the worst natural disaster in our modern history", Rossello said".

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