Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

"People died on your watch", Cruz tweeted.

The mayor of Ceiba, Angel Cruz Ramos, told CNN he's grateful for the generosity, but believes that too much water was delivered at the wrong time.

Earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump had reiterated his praise for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response.

"I think probably the hardest one we had by far was Puerto Rico because of the island nature", Trump said.

Ottmar Chavez, the new secretary of the island's General Services Administration, said at a news conference that Puerto Rican officials requested the water from the USA government and were supposed to pick it up in late May.

The official figure was released last month after an independent study.

With Hurricane Florence fast approaching the southeastern US and due to make landfall on Thursday, Trump pointed to his administration's emergency preparedness, saying he handled the situation in Puerto Rico well, despite what critics said. He also said he was still waiting for Trump to respond to a petition to help Puerto Rico complete work on emergency housing restoration programs and debris removal. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list.

Per CNN, the higher figure is "based on the findings of researchers from George Washington University in a study commissioned by the United States commonwealth's government".

"The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous", he continued. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). "May God bless the souls of the almost 3,000 Americans that died in Puerto Rico and may he take pity on your soul, Mr. President". That was before a recent study found 2975 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria. "This translated into an inadequate indicator for monitoring mortality in the hurricane's aftermath".

During times of trouble and strife, the American people look to their president for guidance and reassurance that the government can handle a crisis, but as Hurricane Florence comes barreling toward the Carolinas, they won't be getting any of that from President Trump, Seth Meyers said on Wednesday's Late Night. "It was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

"Once the transfer of water took place, the water became property of the government of Puerto Rico", FEMA said.

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