Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

FEMA warns about hurricane as D.C

FEMA warns about hurricane as D.C

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

Puerto Ricans in CT said they are infuriated at the president for downplaying the severity of Hurricane Maria.

Another study carried out by Harvard University and published in May estimated the death toll from the hurricane and its aftermath could have been higher than 4,600. But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, has repeatedly questioned that number over the last couple of days.

'This is about a country that really suffered, we still, you see the hurricanes forming now.

She said she visited Puerto Rico herself a few months ago and people were dying all around from the lack of resources.

At one point, while serving food, he joked about his hands being "too big" to fit in the plastic gloves.

"I have an uncle who committed suicide because of the hurricane that happened", said Santos-Vasquez.

"It's been done very efficiently and very well", he added, referencing the recovery efforts.

Governor Ricardo Rosselló also responded to the tweets, telling CNN "there is no reason to doubt the validity of these studies, there is no reason to expect that, even though it is an estimate, that it's not far away from the accurate toll should be".

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The President of the European Commission also voiced his support on Twitter, affirming he was "in harmony" with the decision. The ultimate sanction, the suspension of Hungary's voting rights, is unlikely as Poland is likely to veto any such move.

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

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". An independent study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government estimates 2,975 people died as a result of the hurricane, but Trump said that number is false.

"FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!" he tweeted late Friday.

"They hired ... GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)".

"We stand by the science underlying our study", the statement said. "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".

Meanwhile, three football fields of unused water cover a runway in Puerto Rico but none of it was ever distributed.

This is not the first time Trump has tried to downplay the catastrophic hurricane, during his visit to the island soon after Maria hit, Trump said Puerto Ricans should be thankful it wasn't a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

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