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17 September, 2018, 04:32
According to him, a total number of 16,601 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricanes that hit the islands.
"When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from six to 18 deaths", Trumpsaid.
"As time went by it did not go up by much", Trump wrote.
Some outlets, for example, called up Puerto Rico funeral homes and discovered far more deaths than initially reported.
So, does the president's rather stunning conspiracy theory have any merit?
The president's tweets come on the heels of a new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll in which Puerto Ricans gave low marks to Trump, along with the federal and local governments, for last year's response to Maria. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE.
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Rossello said Maria was "the worst natural disaster in our modern history" and that work remained before the island could move on to other stages of recovery. Emphasis on the word excess.
"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 dishonours the living and the dead", she said. "What's going on is the president is doubting the death toll", Tapper schooled Urbin. "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand". This year, it says it's ready for Florence. "We are not in a 100 percent life and death situation", Cruz said. Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him. "President Trump was responding to the liberal media and the San Juan Mayor who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations".
"Such poor leadership by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help". "So if anybody has anything else they want to talk about?" "The president of the United States countered with a tweetclaiming Dimon lacked "'smarts'" (with unnecessary quote marks) and is a "nervous mess". He falsely claimed the number had been inflated by Democrats "in order to make me look as bad as possible". Trump claims, without evidence, that the total is wrong.
Almost a full year after Hurricane Maria, the federal government, FEMA and President Trump have all yet to properly address just how bad the devastation was in Puerto Rico, and how their failure to respond contributed to the suffering.
Cruz blasted Trump last September for not reacting quickly enough after Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and knocked out power on the island, flooded roads, destroyed bridges and left thousands of people stranded.
Sober as the New York Times is in reporting Trump's latest big lie, it still represents in characterizing him how low we've sunk. But's important to understand, the number of people who died because of Maria did not suddenly jump from 64 to 2,975.
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