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Trump declares himself victim in Hurricane Maria death toll

14 September 2018, 04:14 | Erica Roy

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"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted early Thursday. As time went by it did not go up by much. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".

At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane". That figure was then compared to the number of deaths reported from September 2017, when the hurricane hit, to February 2018, when the island still struggled with blackouts and a shortages of essential supplies on the road to recovery.

The Wisconsin Republican says he has "no reason to dispute" a study that found almost 3,000 people on the island died from Hurricane Maria previous year.

He added in a tweet: "The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching".

The study says the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster. In an interview on Wednesday, Thomas Bossert, Mr. Trump's former homeland security adviser, conceded that the president's self-congratulation about his handling of the storms in Puerto Rico should have been tempered with compassion.

"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".


A U.S. government report published this month concluded that the federal response in Puerto Rico was hampered by a lack of trained staff as well as by major logistical challenges.

Some well-known Republicans split with Trump on the issue.

In a tweet, Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the storms.

Trump has focused his ire on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who positioned herself as a critic of his administration in the immediate aftermath of the storms. That number is less than a Harvard study released in May, which put the number at 4,645. A USA territory since 1898, Puerto Rico's inhabitants are citizens, though they can not vote in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

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.

The Puerto Rican government officially accepted the hurricane death toll at 2,675, but President Trump calls the number phony. The estimations the island would typically see at that time are 13,633 deaths. He has a golf club in North Carolina and a winery in Virginia, so maybe the American people in those states will get more of the President's help than my fellow Puerto Ricans did.



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