Trump attacked for calling Hurricane Maria response an 'incredible success'

Lester Mason
September 13, 2018

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote.

Where does the official death toll come from?

"When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", he tweeted.

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

The Puerto Rican government revised Hurricane Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 last month following the study.

The report also found FEMA had been understaffed going into the hurricane season and that most specialized disaster staffers were deployed to the other storms when Maria struck. The new report looks at how power outages and medical infrastructure also impacted lives and led to deaths on the stricken island.

In Maria's aftermath, according to FEMA data analyzed by the AP, approvals for individual assistance checks in Puerto Rico were slower compared with what happened with large storms previous year.

"We think the federal government can solve everything, and it really can't", he said.

President Trump said that 3,000 people "did not die" due to hurricanes in Puerto Rico past year - then blamed the Democrats for releasing numbers that he called misleading.

Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria".

The co-host - whose family was directly impacted by the Puerto Rico storm - gave Trump a verbal pummeling while talking about reports that the administration took $10 million away from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) - and gave it to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), noted Mediaite.

Cruz ended her Twitter attack on the president saying, "God help us all".

The president's remarks drew swift backlash from the island and the mainland as Trump sought to assure the public his administration was "ready as anybody has ever been" for the powerful 500-mile wide Hurricane Florence swirling toward the Carolinas.

"The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and un-American".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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