Trump Calls Research Behind Hurricane Maria Deaths 'Magic' in Fresh Attack

Trump's claim of success in Puerto Rico hurricane response derided

Trump's claim of success in Puerto Rico hurricane response derided

The death toll in Puerto Rico in the immediate aftermath of Maria grew from six to 13 by the time Trump arrived on the island.

A study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government said the number was nearly 3,000 people, something Trump shot down on Twitter.

After enduring months of criticism for not fully reckoning with the toll of Maria, the Puerto Rico's government quickly adopted the study as itsofficial death toll.

Trump's tweet comes a little more than an hour after the conversation aired on Fox News. He says, "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'".

The Hot Topics table was sacked up this morning on "The View", as the show dove into President Donald Trump's latest tweets saying a report on the death toll in Puerto Rico was inflated to make him look bad.

And he did this as Hurricane Florence bore down on the USA on Thursday.

Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Hurricane Maria.

Trump is expected to travel to the storm-ravaged region "by early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday.

In his first tweet, Trump ranted: '3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico.

On Wednesday, Puerto Rican officials said about 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to Puerto Rico after Maria went unused and became too contaminated to drink.

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Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electricity grid.

Trump's tweets are not only disrespectful to the lives lost in Puerto Rico; they also assert a well-known trait of the president: no matter the tragedy, everything is always about him.

When Trump visited Puerto Rico, the death toll at the time was indeed 16 people.

The president's tweets are problematic for Republicans trying to refrain from criticizing the president while distancing themselves from his at-times controversial remarks.

President Donald Trump is notorious for making false claims and denying any set of information that makes him look bad - even if it's from his own government.

"I wish he'd paused and expressed that, instead of just focusing on the response success", Bossert said.

"I have no reason to dispute those numbers", Ryan added.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded: "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said on Tuesday, adding that the island was fraught with issues prior to the hurricane.

The official death toll later grew to 64, a figure that included "indirect deaths" connected to the hurricane.

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