Trump claims Maria death toll rose 'like magic'

'3,000 Did Not Die': Trump Rejects Hurricane Maria Death Toll In Puerto Rico

'3,000 Did Not Die': Trump Rejects Hurricane Maria Death Toll In Puerto Rico

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people.it's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora (via ESPN), a Puerto Rico native whose family was on the island as the storm hit.

"That's the official death toll, you lunatic", the NBC star said, explaining it was an independent study - which you can read right here - commissioned by Puerto Rico.

Around 1.7 million people had been ordered to evacuate, airlines cancelled more than 1,000 flights to the area, and up to three million homes and businesses were expected to lose power.

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a frightful hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet. It was initially said to have killed just 64 people. This number included deaths that were indirectly related to the storm.

The president also tweeted that he did not believe the new death toll was accurate, and claimed that Democrats were behind the revision.

Facing criticism over his handling of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico previous year, US President Donald Trump has accused rival Democrats of inflating the number of people killed there.

The president tweeted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas.

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

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.

There were 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico that came as a result of Hurricane Maria.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz slammed Donald Trump as "paranoid" and "delusional".

"Mr. President- I'd very much be willing to walk you through the scientific process of the study and how [George Washington University] arrived at the excess mortality number estimate", Rosselló replied to Trump's tweet.

The president, with some justification, has said the situation in Puerto Rico after Maria was exacerbated by the island's remote location and pre-existing infrastructure issues, such as an antiquated power grid.

Meyers started off by looking at the bonkers video Trump posted of himself to assure people in the way of Hurricane Florence that the government was prepared to take action.

"When I left the Island, after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump tweeted.

Milken leaders responded to Trump's claims in a Thursday press release, saying "we stand by the science underlying our study".

"Some extra people will have died of old age earlier than they would have if there'd been no hurricane".

That includes one report that estimated the death toll was 2,975 - a figure that the government of Puerto Rico has adopted as the official count. One year after the devastating storm, a precise figure is yet to be declared.

Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an 'incredible unsung success'.

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