Donald Trump claims '3,000 people did not die' in Puerto Rico hurricane

Hannah Rogers
September 14, 2018

Carlos Mercader, head of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, said in a statement FEMA didn't deliver the bottles to the Puerto Rican government until April, USA Today reported. He has since sought to minimise the death toll.

Earlier this week, Donald Trump declared his administration's response to Hurricane Maria an "incredible, unsung success".

Connolly is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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

Last month she described Mr Trump's handling of Maria as a "stain on his presidency". "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".

They extrapolated that data to estimate 4,600 people died as a direct result of the hurricane, including those who were not able to access vital medical treatment. Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim.

The death toll from Maria, the most powerful storm to hit there in nearly a century, was raised last month from 64, a number widely discounted as far too low, to 2,975.

Mr Gutierrez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, was involved in the U.S. territory's recovery operation.

It was "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he was receiving a briefing on Hurricane Florence.

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Another study carried out by Harvard University and published in May estimated the death toll from the hurricane and its aftermath could have been higher than 4,600.

He accused Democrats of inflating the official death toll to "make me look as bad as possible". It's old people, just put it that way. In August, after a thorough review, Puerto Rican officials accepted a revised estimate of the dead as 2,975.

To be tweeting about 3,000 people and being efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country. Trump then boasted about "successfully raising" billions of dollars to rebuild the territory.

"I disagree with @POTUS", Scott tweeted. "It is time to acknowledge their pain and the sacrifice that everyone has made in the name of recovery".

The death records were provided by the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Records division of the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

In response, the Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, tweeted: "Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER".

She added another tweet saying the USA leader was "delusional, paranoid and unhinged from any sense of reality".

Trump insisted on Twitter that Democrats inflated the death toll "related to Hurricane Maria" to score political points against him. She also tweeted, "Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES". "Let's just go in and fix it", Stewart said.

President Donald Trump denied this reality as a hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas.

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