Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

President Donald Trump, in a freaky and inaccurate pair of Tweets on Thursday morning, implied the official death toll in Puerto Rico after last year's hurricanes were wrong. Trump then boasted about "successfully raising" billions of dollars to rebuild the territory.

George Washington University found thousands more people died on the island after Maria than deaths in previous years. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina with heavy rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the USA southeast.

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz: "The world has seen, and the majority of the American people have seen, how neglectful he was towards the people of Puerto Rico".

Of course, the 2,975-person death toll from Hurricane Maria was not a Democratic ploy to hurt Trump.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora wasn't a big fan of President Donald Trump's comments Thursday about Puerto Rico. People were naturally shocked by this; the government itself has estimated, in the wake of solid research, that about 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico because of the natural disaster and the destruction it created. A range of other studies have placed the death toll estimate anywhere between 500 and 6,000. He said just six to 18 people had been reported dead when he visited two weeks after the storm and suggested that many had been added later "if a person died for any reason, like old age".

The hurricane hit the Caribbean island last September. Carlson started by asking him about comments he made regarding Russian Federation, and Avenatti said Trump should "not be standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and choosing Russian Federation over the hardworking men and women of the intelligence community that risk their lives for this country". He also trafficked in racist stereotypes about lazy Latinos by suggesting that people in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

Ryan added: "This was a devastating storm that hit an isolated island and that's really no one's fault".

It was not until last month that electricity was fully restored to the entire island of Puerto Rico, almost a year after the hurricane made landfall.

The emergency response to Maria became highly politicized as the Trump administration was criticised as being slow to recognise the extent of the devastation and too sluggish in providing disaster relief to Puerto Rico, an island of more than 3 million residents.

No one suggests that Trump was primarily responsible for the deaths in Puerto Rico.

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