Trump denies 3,000 Puerto Ricans died due to Hurricane Maria, blames Democrats

Trump remains as enthusiastic about his Hurricane Maria response now as he did in October 2017 when he visited Puerto Rico after the storm

Trump remains as enthusiastic about his Hurricane Maria response now as he did in October 2017 when he visited Puerto Rico after the storm

Later in August, the aforementioned independent report put the death toll of the 2017 storm at almost 3,000 people - most of whom died after the storm due to complications from widespread power outages and water shortages.

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"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump wrote. "When I left the island after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from six to 18 deaths".

And just Thursday, Trump accused Puerto Rican officials and Democrats of lying about how many people died there in a coordinated effort to make him look bad after Hurricanes Maria and Irma pummeled the USA island territory.

Mr Trump said people who died for any reason - "like old age" - had been added to the total.

Dr. Carlos Santos-Burgoa - the lead researcher on the study and a well-known expert in global health, particularly Latin America - told The Associated Press that the initial figure of 64 deaths reflected only people whose death certificates cited the storm. "That is the official death toll. and yet our deranged president doesn't believe it", he said.

But Trump's assertion defies the findings of at least eight different studies that estimated the number of deaths to be at least several hundred, if not more than 1,000.

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He was criticised for treating a visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane like a rally, mimicking a basketball player as he threw paper towels to Puerto Rican residents at a local relief centre.

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina bringing heavy rains that forecasters warn could cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the USA southeast. "The president of the United States countered with a tweet claiming Dimon lacked "'smarts'" (with unnecessary quote marks) and is a "nervous mess". Carlson started by asking him about comments he made regarding Russian Federation, and Avenatti said Trump should "not be standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and choosing Russian Federation over the hardworking men and women of the intelligence community that risk their lives for this country".

On Twitter, the agency said it was setting up the page to ensure that "false information" isn't spread during a time when on-the-ground communications and media are often down or overwhelmed.

Since the primary election, her life has been a whirlwind, with the highs and lows that one might expect for a person entering politics so suddenly. Cruz had earlier described the federal disaster response in the USA territory a "despicable act of neglect".

But does that mean the hurricane killed them?

"The job that FEMA, and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous", Trump added.

Rossello is a leader of the island's pro-statehood New Progressive Party, which aligns with Republicans, while Cruz is from the Popular Democratic Party, whose members affiliate with the Democratic Party. His family, including twin boys born 14 months ago, was on the island when Hurricane Maria hit in September.

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