Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Donald Trump disputes Puerto Rico death toll

Donald Trump disputes Puerto Rico death toll

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).

This admission is important, because it helps explain how death tolls work.

Trump has previously said his administration's handling of the storms was "an incredible unsung success". Trump claims, without evidence, that the total is wrong.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump wrote.

"We agree that no estimates regarding loss of life have been inflated and we remain focused on ensuring a full recovery for the island and creating more economic opportunities for those arriving in Florida", Cortes said in an email. "The people that went through this, they know what happened".

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally.

The death toll in Puerto Rico had been officially recorded as 64 for almost a year, despite convincing evidence that the figure was too low because official death certificates had failed to take into account the long-range impacts of the storm.

"The president of the United States countered with a tweet claiming Dimon lacked "'smarts'" (with unnecessary quote marks) and is a "nervous mess". But even some Republicans-especially those in Florida-are among those disagreeing with the president's assertion about the estimate from researchers at George Washington University.

The US federal government's response to Hurricane Maria has come under fresh scrutiny this week.

TRUMP DISPUTES 3,000 DEATHS IN PUERTO RICO: The president disputed the revised number of excess deaths following Hurricane Maria, and suggested Democrats released exaggerated numbers "to make me look as bad as possible"- the co-hosts weigh in.

Gutierrez says, "Even though the president dropped the ball he is now doing a victory dance in the end zone. Or should we call it the dead zone?"

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim", Sen.

But while Spiering is playing semantics as a way to defend Trump's insane rationale, he does also admit that, actually, about 3,000 people did die after the hurricane. When Fox News finally mentioned Trump's statements, Fox reporter Jacqui Heinrich did not read the text of his denials, but instead stated only that Trump was "firing back on Twitter over his response to Puerto Rico, saying that Democrats are trying to make him look bad".

The Red Sox manager pointed out how his team, and other Major League Baseball clubs, helped in the relief efforts, and acknowledged that conditions in Puerto Rico are improving every day.

Puerto Rico was recovering from Hurricane Irma before Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, destroying roads and bridges and leaving much of the Caribbean island without electricity for months.

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