Trump disputes Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

Trump disputes Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz slammed Donald Trump as "paranoid" and "delusional".

But Ryan said, "Casualties don't make a person look bad".

George Washington University, which released the study that estimated 2,975 died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, said Thursday that the school stood by the study and was "confident" of the number's accuracy.

"The fact that the president will not take responsibility for his administration's failures and will not even recognize that thousands have perished shows us, once again, that he is not fit to serve as our president, " Thompson said.

At issue has been how to assess the severity of a storm whose devastating impact on fundamental needs - water, electricity, communications, and medical care - seemed to rival or exceed that of the deadliest recent storms to hit the United States, but whose official fatality count until now was far less severe. I toured the entire island. The fake news media, like CNN, have attacked President Trump for disputing the "scientists" who came up with the 3,000 number. "It's just what happened". But it wasn't only the mayor who criticized Trump. I don't know. We will never know how many, how many we lost. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, also a native of Puerto Rico, skipped the visit to gather supplies for relief from Hurricane Maria. "The loss of any life is tragic". "I'll continue to help PR".

Trump has previously said his administration's handling of the storms was "an incredible unsung success".

The investigation reportedly stemmed from Long's habit of having a government driver take him on weekend commutes back to his home in Hickory, North Carolina.

"Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he tweeted. You should not be just having a parade of self-accolades.

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. I hate talking about politics and all that.

"But the President continues to refuse to acknowledge his responsibility, and the problem is that if he didn't acknowledge it in Puerto Rico, God bless the people of SC and the people of North Carolina", Cruz said. "I think it's about a country that really suffered", Cora said.

Brock Long, the head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), warned that Florence could "kill a lot of people". "We keep getting better", he said.

The president was lambasted by members of his own party, Democrats, entertainers and political pundits. Trump didn't think it was accurate.

The Republican president went on to accuse Democrats of inflating the death toll to make him look bad, without providing evidence.

"I was in Puerto Rico after the hurricane".

However Trump implied the death toll was revised for political reasons.

The study says the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is rejecting President Donald Trump's assertion an official government death toll for last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico is wrong.

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