Trump Continues to Promote Puerto Rico Deaths Conspiracy Theory

Mindy Sparks
September 16, 2018

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.

A study conducted at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health found that 2,975 died in Puerto Rico, and the official number of deaths was revised from 64 by the Puerto Rican government.

Trump said the numbers of the dead were inflated by Democrats to criticize him. It's not that hurricanes can't kill that many people or more. He has visited the USA island territory seven times since Maria hit last autumn.

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".

The Puerto Rican community in CT are calling out President Donald Trump after his tweet said 3,000 people did not die in Hurricane Maria. This Twitter rant also arrives after Trump allocated nearly $10,000,000 from FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) to ICE (The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

As Business Insider noted, the death toll from Hurricane Maria was estimated at 13 when Trump arrived on the island to survey relief efforts.

The true human cost of Maria, and the chaotic federal response to the storm on the USA island territory, triggered a year-long controversy, which Trump revived this week even as another powerful hurricane, Florence, bore down on the East Coast. Of these, only the estimate by the government of Puerto Rico involved the examination of individual deaths to determine if the hurricane had caused them.

President Donald Trump is notorious for making false claims and denying any set of information that makes him look bad - even if it's from his own government. Numerous deaths were attributed to power failures and a lack of access to healthcare and clean water, according to a study from the George Washington University.


"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them on to the list", he tweeted.

They're counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed.

In fact, the 2,975 estimate comes from an exhaustive George Washington University analysis of fatalities on the island that included people who died for lack of medical care, for example, because so much of Puerto Rico remained without electricity for many months.

"I wish he'd paused and expressed that, instead of just focusing on the response success", Bossert said.

Trump's comments came as Hurricane Florence, a potentially catastrophic storm, headed for the Carolina coast.

A photographer said Tuesday that a stockpile of bottled water he saw on a tarmac in Puerto Rico a year ago was still there during a recent trip.

As the storm lashed North and South Carolina Friday as a hurricane, FEMA officials warned of the storm's menacing rain.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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