Published: Sat, September 15, 2018

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

"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.

Last month, Puerto Rican officials commissioned an independent study that declared an increased death toll to 2,975.

"We need to know what didn't happen", Velazquez said. He says, "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'".

Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, has repeatedly questioned that number of fatalities over the last couple of days.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed Puerto Rico's official death toll of 3,000 from hurricanes previous year and accused Democrats of inflating the figure that was reached in an independent academic study.

The Piedmont Triad has been on high alert since Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast Friday morning.

That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in a report commissioned by the USA territory's governor, Ricardo Rossello. 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".

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded: "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality". The government changed its count following the report.

But Trump's assertion defies the findings of at least eight different studies that estimated the number of deaths to be at least several hundred, if not more than 1,000.

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette, who has been representing Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997, visited Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria-and she has asserted that the destruction she saw was by no means fake news.

Meyers started off by looking at the bonkers video Trump posted of himself to assure people in the way of Hurricane Florence that the government was prepared to take action.

"Our results show that Hurricane Maria was a very deadly storm, one that affected the entire island but hit the poor and the elderly the hardest", the statement read.

Where does the official death toll come from? 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.

In his segment, Dobbs then went on to assert that the president was accurate, even though Trump did not provide any evidence for his claims.

Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an 'incredible unsung success'. Last month, Rossello accepted the study's conclusion that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the storm's effects.

Ahead of Florence striking the United States east coast, Mr Trump spoke with political leaders in the Carolinas and offered "whatever is needed", Sarah Sanders, the White House spokesman, said.

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