Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump has been "lying about Puerto Rico from the start to make himself look better", and on Thursday morning Trump lied once more by falsely claiming that a widely accepted academic study showing that almost 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricane Maria was "done by the Democrats" in an attempt to make him "look as bad as possible". Instead, he argued, without providing evidence, that the death toll was a Democratic claim to make him look bad.

The number of dead in Hurricane Maria was raised from 64 to 2,975 by Puerto Rico's governor last month after an independent study assessed that there had been an undercount of people who had died in the aftermath.

In a tweet, Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the storms. On Thursday, Trump insisted in a pair of tweets that the official death toll was concocted by "Democrats" as part of a conspiracy to "make me look as bad as possible".

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch". Trump wrote on Twitter.

The 3,000 approximation comes from a George Washington University study that tried to total how many "excess deaths" occurred because of Hurricane Maria and would not have happened in the absence of the cyclone. She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy". An outraged CNN contributor noted that some Maria victims died because they couldn't get to hospitals "because the roads were closed".

The agency said it also stopped distributing water at that time because "commerce was coming back" to Puerto Rico and officials "didn't want to injure the economy more than it already was".

Trump is seemingly ignoring the aftereffects of the storm in his tweet and focusing only on deaths attributable to things like flying debris, drowning and structures that collapse.

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Cora indicated that the Puerto Rican people are continuing their efforts to a return to normalcy.

The White House, while describing any death from the hurricane as "a horror", sought to defend Trump's handling of the disaster, saying he had "directed the entire administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico". It's because better information has been gathered than was available in the chaotic days after Hurricane Maria hit - and, sadly, because more people died as a result of the devastating damage to the island's infrastructure.

With Hurricane Florence set to pummel the East Coast, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to brag about his administration's widely criticized response to last year's Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico.

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

She also said Trump was trying to bully Puerto Rico with his tweets and called him "delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"The job that FEMA, and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous", Trump added.

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