Donald Trump disputes Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria death toll, blames Democrats

Aaron Brown
September 17, 2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aspersions on a new report that put the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria at almost 3,000, claiming it was made up by Democrats.

Cruz blasted Trump last September for not reacting quickly enough after Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and knocked out power on the island, flooded roads, destroyed bridges and left thousands of people stranded. He tweeted that it was only later that Democrats inflated the death toll to "really large numbers, like 3000" just to make him look bad.

The Hot Topics table was sacked up this morning on "The View", as the show dove into President Donald Trump's latest tweets saying a report on the death toll in Puerto Rico was inflated to make him look bad. Researchers used what they called a "state-of-the-art mathematical model", which Trump misrepresented - wrongly saying the study counted deaths "for any reason, like old age".

"To be tweeting about 3,000's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora (via ESPN), a Puerto Rico native whose family was on the island as the storm hit. The study's results have been embraced by Puerto Rico officials as likely accurate after months of standing by early reports of just 64 deaths.

The tweets drew the ire of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, who has sharply criticized both the president and his administration's response to the storm past year that devastated the United States territory.

This Friday, Trump used Twitter to yet again cast doubt over the estimated 2,975 people who were killed on USA territory by Hurricane Maria.

"[Three thousand] people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", he wrote.

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The president has also questioned the findings of a detailed study commissioned by the Puerto Rico's government and claimed that its conclusion was politically motivated.

Thursday, Stewart's spokeswoman, Daryn Frischknecht, said the congressman "doesn't have anything to add to the conversation" about the president's assessment of the death toll. CNN's own reporting reflects similar numbers.

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

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

But the Democrats at the press conference stuck with the theme that the Trump administration failed in its response to the hurricane.

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