Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

Trump Falsely Claims 3000 Puerto Ricans Did Not Die After Hurricane Maria

Trump Falsely Claims 3000 Puerto Ricans Did Not Die After Hurricane Maria

"When I left the island after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from six to 18 deaths".

"President Trump was responding to the liberal media and the San Juan mayor who sadly have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

Trump reignited the controversy around the US government's management of the disaster when he said Tuesday it was an "incredible, unsung success". "The man has no idea, he has no solidarity, no sympathy, and no empathy for anything that does not make him look good".

Cora, the only Puerto Rican now managing in the majors and only the second ever to do so in baseball history, has grown exhausted of Trump's controversial takes on the devastating hurricane that wrecked his home island when it made landfall September 16, 2017, just a week after it had been pummeled by Hurricane Irma.

Breaking from presidential tradition, Trump continued to use the Category 4 hurricane barreling toward the coast as an occasion to high-five himself for his administration's response to the hurricane that slammed Puerto Rico last season. As reporters noted, Donald Trump appeared indifferent to the tragedy, praising Puerto Rico's weather and downplaying the death toll.

Trump falsely accused Democrats on Thursday of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him "look as bad as possible". And oft-critical Republicans like retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen slammed Trump's claim as "shameless and disgusting".

George Washington University said in a statement that it stands by its study. I don't know. We will never know how many, how many we lost.

"Trump resurfaced the debate this week when he boasted about his administration's response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he saw no reason to dispute the numbers found in the GWU study. "It would have been far worse if this president had not put the military in there, FEMA in there for a longer period of time than for any other hurricane that I'm aware of", Dobbs said during that conversation. I toured the entire island. "'This storm is big, get out of the way, but before you do please like and subscribe'". "Those are just the facts of what happened".

On Thursday, the president was criticized by members of his own party, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, for claiming the Hurricane Maria death toll was a lie. DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson said the former congressman "doesn't believe any loss of life has been inflated".

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

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