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

Donald Trump says Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rico death toll is a ploy to make him “look bad”

Donald Trump says Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rico death toll is a ploy to make him “look bad”

President Trump took issue Thursday with the number of deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria, falsely saying a higher count had been generated by Democrats to "make me look as bad as possible".

CNN political commentator and frequent Trump critic Ana Navarro unloaded on the president's tweets regarding the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria past year.

President Donald Trump has been "overly criticized" for his response to the deadly storm that struck Puerto Rico a year ago, but neither the president nor his critics should be politicizing the tragedy, Rep. Chris Stewart said. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Mr Trump said people who died for any reason - "like old age" - had been added to the total. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate in a state where many Puerto Ricans moved after the devastating hurricanes tweeted that he disagrees with the Trump and that "an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed".

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, Donald Trump posted a Twitter video in which he both claiming to have everything in hand and warned of catastrophe.

Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen: The Florida Republican had one of the harshest takes.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat, said the president was "delusional".

Cora said Trump's words were "disrespectful" to his home.

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In a statement, Representative Bennie Thompson of MS, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, called on Trump to "resign at once". It's kind of like he was on trial for littering and said on the stand, 'I only threw my cup out of that window because I was distracted by the homeless man I ran over.

In response, the Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, tweeted: "Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER".

"President Trump's statement, questioning the deaths in Puerto Rico, shows a lack of respect for our reality and our pain, " she said in a statement.

"We are hyper-focused on those seven critical lifelines because we realized past year that if any one of those lifelines goes down, then life safety is in jeopardy".

The death toll in Hurricane Maria is estimated to be almost 3,000, a steep increase from the initial 64.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he saw no reason to dispute the numbers found in the GWU study. We collected the data from the official sources. "If we did that, we're going to fess up to it". We wouldn't do it.

Brock Long, the head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), warned that Florence could "kill a lot of people".

Trump was torn apart online for his tweets. That statement ignored the difficulty of counting deaths after the hurricane decimated the island's infrastructure. Similarly, while only two people died as a result of the explosion at Chernobyl, 47 of the about 100 firefighters who rushed to the scene died in the coming years due to radiation. And the effect of September 16th, the rain and the winds and whatever happens, maybe 18 people died.

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