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Trump Denies Revised Death Toll in Puerto Rico...Cue the Outrage

14 September, 2018, 16:12 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Cruz maintains the federal government's response to the hurricane was slow and inadequate while Trump said it was a success. He has a golf club in North Carolina and a winery in Virginia, so maybe the American people in those states will get more of the President's help than my fellow Puerto Ricans did.

Connolly is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The territory then raised the official death toll again to reflect that estimate.

Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria".

Trump claims, without evidence, that the total is wrong.

Trump had earlier said the reported death tolls from the storm that devastated Puerto Rico were exaggerated, and included older people and others who died. After the total was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure. Clearly, a lot of factors - including the inadequacy of local infrastructure, the sheer difficulty of providing help to an island, and the mistakes of local government - contributed to the ghastly death toll.

President Donald Trump has been "overly criticized" for his response to the deadly storm that struck Puerto Rico previous year, but neither the president nor his critics should be politicizing the tragedy, Rep. Chris Stewart said. "An independent study said thousands were lost".

He also said the Democrats were "trying to make [him] look bad" by reporting the high numbers of deaths. "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz was a particularly aggressive critic of Trump in the days and weeks following the hurricane; her response to Trump's tweet today was no different.

President Trump has heightened tensions with Puerto Rico and at home in the United States by rejecting the Hurricane Maria death toll and accusing Democrats of inflating the number of casualties to "make me look as bad as possible".

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat, said the president was "delusional". "Or should we call it the dead zone?"

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim", Sen.

Trump, in a follow up Tweet on Thursday, blamed Democrats for the number, saying it was increased "in order to make me look as bad as possible". To be tweeting about 3,000 people and being efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country.

Regarding Hurricane Maria, Gutierrez alleged that Trump's focus from the beginning "was on damage control from a political standpoint, not damage control from a human life standpoint".

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