Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll rose ‘like magic’

Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll rose ‘like magic’

"I mean, he used the excuse that it was hard to get to Puerto Rico because it was an island as if no one ever knew Puerto Rico was an island and now when it comes to Hurricane Florence, he's putting a little more focus on it but if I were the folks in North Carolina, I wouldn't feel too comfortable that President Trump going to be trying to help the people of the Carolinas", said Jason Ortiz with the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda. An estimated 1,833 people died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, while 2,996 died immediately or from injuries sustained in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

There are also no state or federal guidelines in the USA for calculating storm or hurricane-related deaths. "When I left the island after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from six to 18 deaths".

President Trump posted several tweets Thursday morning questioning the death tolls reported out of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

President Donald Trump plans to visit the areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, according to the Washington Post, citing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Maria. But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, was having none of that.

That report, while acknowledging that Puerto Rico's power system was on "life support" before the hurricane, also said that approximately 96 per cent of residents had power restored to them after Hurricane Irma hit before Maria.

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The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital accused Trump of being "delusional". FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!The George Washington University study Puerto Rico commissioned - after many months of public complaints that casualties from the storm had been under-counted - compared the total number of deaths in the months following Hurricane Maria with historical patterns and demographic trends. In December, three months after Maria struck Puerto Rico, the official toll climbed to 64. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, also a native of Puerto Rico, skipped the visit to gather supplies for relief from Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CBS New York on Thursday that the government had sought the study and "tried to make this process a completely independent process".

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday said she didn't want to dwell on the president's comments, but felt compelled to respond on behalf of hurricane victims.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch". He has since sought to minimise the death toll.

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