Trump Denies Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria Death Toll

Trump Denies Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria Death Toll

In the Republican Party, the pressure to blindly support President Trump regardless of what he says or does can be intense-especially if a senator or representative is seeking reelection in the 2018 midterms.

Cora led a delegation of Red Sox players and staff to the island to distribute aid in the aftermath of the storm.

Rollins agreed and said, "DeSantis would not be on the ticket if it wasn't for the President's endorsement".

"I thought you all wanted to talk about the Kavanaugh nomination", he said. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers". "Instead of finger-pointing, INVEST in the Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico + just transition to renewable energy", Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

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

Trump's denial about the official death toll comes after Puerto Rico's governor formally raised the number of deaths from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University.

After reading the president's outrageous tweets to his audience, Colbert marveled at Trump's "love" for Puerto Rico, despite frequently trashing the local government there. I know probably he doesn't feel that way. "The people that went through this, they know what happened".

On September 13, President Trump tweeted: '3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico.

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Rarest of all was direct criticism.

"You can question maybe the methodology, that's fine, but to cast doubt on an entire study because it doesn't suit your political narrative and because you think hundreds of deaths are about you, that dishonors the living and the dead", she said.

When CNN contributor Ana Navarro criticizes Trump, his supporters typically try to paint her as a Democratic Party operative.

And as always, there were lawmakers who asked why the parties can't get along.

"Why did two Florida Republicans locked in tight races distance themselves today from the president on this issue?"

Sen. Marco Rubio, who ran against Trump for president, said that "even tragedy" is politicized these days. "We don't need a book, we don't need an anonymous op-ed to tell us the president is an addled narcissist who peddles one conspiracy theory after another".

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the GOP majority Thursday calling for the panel to request documents from the White House relating to the Puerto Rico response.

"As usual, what we need more of is sobriety and seriousness here, and that seems to be lacking", he said.

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