Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump Claims Thousands "Did Not Die" In Puerto Rico Hurricanes

Trump Claims Thousands

For the past year, Trump has bragged about his administration's response to Maria and how few people died compared to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which killed more than 1,800 in and around New Orleans.

On The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, the South African comedian said, "You see what the president doesn't seem to understand is that the effects of a hurricane last long after the storm has already passed, like the people on the Titanic, who froze in the water still died because of the crash".

Trump on Thursday morning tweeted he believed between six and 18 people died as a result of the storm that struck the island as a Category 4 hurricane. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000..." he said, apparently in reference to the official tolls that came out months after the storm.

"I understand the president's frustration in the sense that he has worked very hard to help Puerto Rico. that the effort to help them has been herculean", Francis said.

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina bringing heavy rains that forecasters warn could cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the United States southeast.

At the end of August, the island government raised the official death toll to approximately 2,975 after maintaining for almost a year that 64 people had died as a result of the storm.

Last month, Hurricane Maria's death toll was found to be much higher than that of Katrina.

Trump has focused his ire on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who positioned herself as a critic of his administration in the immediate aftermath of the storms.

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"So now America isn't just dealing with Hurricane Florence, it also has to deal with Shitstorm Donald", he said. I don't know. We will never know how many, how many we lost.

The Comedy Central star thought this conflict between Trump and a death toll study was "inevitable".

The US president tweeted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas. "But to take up on the issue of how many people are dead is so disgusting".

One frequent tactic is claiming ignorance: "I haven't read it yet", said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Trump's tweet as he walked away from reporters.

The study - done by the school's Milken Institute of Public Health - reported that the deaths occurred between September of last year and February of this year.

The Miami-based Navarro has noted, "There are Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida who could actually make or break statewide elections in Florida in 2018", stressing that if Floridians are "mad as hell" about Trump's comments, they can express that anger by voting in the midterms on November 6.

In her response, Ocasio-Cortez called for an end of "finger-pointing", and promoted the Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico, a bill introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to help the island recover.

Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an "incredible unsung success".

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