Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad.

He also said the Democrats were "trying to make [him] look bad" by reporting the high numbers of deaths.

Colbert read Trump's earlier tweet on Puerto Rico in a sing-song voice, and then cited a George Washington University study that claimed 2,975 people died in the months after the storm hit.

In a tweet, Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the storms. As time went by it did not go up by much. They then compared this baseline to the actual number of deaths, and voila!

Trump's tweets - which came as a highly unsafe Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas - brought an immediate rebuke from Democrats in Congress.


'This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch. "YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!" she wrote on Twitter.

More than 10 million bottles of water left to rot on a Puerto Rican airport tarmac were deemed "excess" supplies that federal officials decided the island didn't need while recovering from Hurricane Maria, FEMA said on Thursday. The president, who is Puerto Rico's head of state, added that he "loves 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. Infrastructure failures and political confusion appear to have contributed to deaths even months after the storm hit, as GW's study found a lasting spike in mortality rates, especially in poor areas that proved harder to reach in the aftermath of the storm. 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".

In fact, by the time Trump got on his plane to return to Washington, that official death toll had already doubled.

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. 'I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success, ' he claimed. At the time, the government's death toll stood at 64. He also said he thought Trump "sees every attack on him as sort of undercutting his legitimacy". But I think this is more than politics.

President Trump is facing widespread backlash after he tried to claim Tuesday that his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year was "an incredible unsung success", in response to questions about what we could learn from Hurricane Maria as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas coast.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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