Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who talks to Trump often, said, "I don't think it's bad to say we could have done better in Puerto Rico".

The water was reportedly provided by FEMA in the wake of the 2017 storm and subsequently turned over to the central government, however it seems that no one can explain why it never made its way to those in need.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted early Thursday.

She called Trump's tweet about the death toll shameful, noting that whether the deaths were caused by medical equipment like dialysis machines not working, extreme heat or the spike in suicide rates, they're all directly attributable to the administration's response to the hurricanes. "As time went by it did not go up by much", he says, with zero evidence. Trump then added that the high death toll was a result of Democrats trying to make him look bad.

Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate, tweeted: "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand".

The hurricane's true death toll has fueled debate since the first days of the storm, in large part because of the near-unique nature of the disaster.

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".

Santana, who works as a photographer with the Puerto Rican state police, told CBS News he took the photographs because he is frustrated to see them still sitting there.

"We agree that no estimates regarding loss of life have been inflated and we remain focused on ensuring a full recovery for the island and creating more economic opportunities for those arriving in Florida", Cortes said in an email.

Puerto Rico's governor said last week that his administration has adopted new measures to better prepare for a disaster like Maria although he warned of limitations given the USA territory's economic crisis.

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He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. Hurricane Florence , now a tropical storm , is tearing through the Carolinas with heavy rainfall and 50 miles per hour wind .

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally.

"I mean, at what point do you recognize that what they're doing is a political agenda, couched in the nice language of journalism?"

A study commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico and conducted by George Washington University released Thursday morning instead put the death count at 2,975.

Puerto Rico's government, which is neither Republican nor Democratic, but run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party, accepted the 2,975 number as a legitimate estimate of the storm's true toll.

Carlson started by asking him about comments he made regarding Russian Federation, and Avenatti said Trump should "not be standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and choosing Russian Federation over the hardworking men and women of the intelligence community that risk their lives for this country".

'You know, 3,000, 6, 18, I don't know.

In addition to force of the hurricane itself, many people died because disease and infection due to the lack of electricity and drinkable water on the island.

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. "Donald Trump today desecrated the thousands of Puerto Ricans who died in Hurricane Maria", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan also stood by the study.

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