Fellow Republicans Disagree With Trump on Puerto Rico

Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz stands outside of the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria in San Juan

US President Donald Trump has official figures which state 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's devastating Hurricane Maria, saying the number was invented by political rivals to undercut his image.

"When I left the Island, after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump tweeted. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he wrote.

The Puerto Rican government officially accepted the hurricane death toll at 2,675, but President Trump calls the number phony.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he didn't think Trump used "the right words when you talk about loss of life" but questioned why the death toll "jumped like thousands" and said it would be good for Congress to study "how many people actually died from this hurricane".

The 3,000 number is an approximation from a George Washington University study that estimated how many "excess deaths" occurred as a outcome of Hurricane Maria, rather than as a result of the normal life cycle on the island. "If you want people to take your message seriously maybe have higher production quality than a mid-level YouTube star..."

DeSantis' statement did not mention Trump by name, but his campaign's decision to come out against the President's view was particularly noteworthy given the candidate openly courted Trump during his primary campaign and has commended him countless times.

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

Cora indicated that the Puerto Rican people are continuing their efforts to a return to normalcy.




After his tweets, Democrats accused Trump of minimising the death toll for callous political reasons.

There has been no evidence to indicate that partisan politics has played a role in the calculation of the death tally, and George Washington University released a statement Thursday that said it stands by its work.

As the United States braces itself for Hurricane Florence, it seems Trump is still determined to make people believe he did a great job during Hurricane Maria. "If he thinks the death of 3,000 people [is] a success God help us all".

But that isn't how anyone measures a hurricane's death toll (including Donald Trump, who, during his visit to Puerto Rico, cited a death toll from Katrina that included those killed by the conditions that storm left in its wake). Those were not needed during the response phase and were not distributed by the governor of Puerto Rico or FEMA for that reason'. "It's just what happened".

In Florida, which was badly hit by Hurricane Irma previous year and which received thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation of their homes, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis - who has built his campaign around his adherence to Trump's politics - tried to distance himself from the president's words. "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".

"This was the worst natural disaster in our modern history", Rossello said". The report said the GAO has a number of audits pending that will analyze issues such as the restoration of power in Puerto Rico. "Now we know why he's so orange, his brain is just melted pumpkin guts". He added that "casualties don't make a person look bad".

While Trump battles the media over his response to Maria, FEMA is briefing Americans on what to expect from Hurricane Florence.

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