Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump disputes Puerto Rico storm death toll, draws outcry

Trump disputes Puerto Rico storm death toll, draws outcry

"What concerns me the most is trying to get to the people who didn't evacuate and that's incredibly hard to do, so we can't put our own people in danger", said administrator Brock Long, who spoke to CBS News right before he went to brief the president.

Trump disputed the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, denying that 3,000 people died on the island.

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a disgusting hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet. As time went by it did not go up by much.

President Trump's tweet this week, asserting that Democrats highlighted the death toll of almost 3,000 to make him look bad, stunned lawmakers - including Republicans.

'If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list.

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In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000. More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.

Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate, tweeted: "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand". That's a number that came out of Puerto Rico's government after it commissioned a study by George Washington University.

While Trump has praised his administration for its "incredibly successful" handling of Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has blasted the government for failing to provide appropriate assistance in the aftermath of the storm. "Very good towels", Trump said after his visit to Puerto Rico, where he was criticized for light-heartedly tossing paper towels into a crowd as if they were campaign swag. "The iceberg wasn't like 'I didn't kill nobody, I just scraped some paint off a boat, you can take that other sh*t up with the ocean man'".

The new estimated Maria death-toll estimate covers six months after the storm hit, not four, so immediately we're talking apples and at least some oranges.

"Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

"Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?"

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Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC . Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water, while many of their neighbors awaited help.

Instead, this disabled, 59-year-old woman died a month later, from sepsis - caused, says her family, by an untreated bedsore. Trump in his tweets blamed Democrats for inflating the numbers.

Santos-Burgoa said the stress of the moment and confusion over how deaths were supposed to be noted contributed to an underreporting of how many died from the storm.

In this September 4, 2018 photo, Gloria Rosado Ortiz holds a photograph of her late husband Ernesto Curiel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 4, 2018.

"Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

Governor Ricardo Rosselló also responded to the tweets, telling CNN "there is no reason to doubt the validity of these studies, there is no reason to expect that, even though it is an estimate, that it's not far away from the accurate toll should be".

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"We are expecting several more days of rain, and our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger", North Carolina Gov. That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said.

Rossello, seized on Trump's use of the word "successful" and said in a statement at the time: "No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called "successful" because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states".

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