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On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

16 September 2018, 10:00 | Erica Roy

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"But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".

Whether those statements will be enough in an election that is shaping up to be all about the president is unknown.

"During our broader study, we found that many physicians were not oriented in the appropriate certification protocol", according to the report from the researchers at GWU.

"FEMA put that water out on that airstrip for the goal of getting it out of containers, so that there would be no cost to us and no cost to the taxpayer", he said, echoing comments made by FEMA deputy administrator Daniel Kaniewski on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

Despite significant evidence showing almost 3,000 people were killed in the devastating storm a year ago, Trump tweeted that the official death toll was a political scheme, two days after he was sharply criticised for saying the government had an "unsung success" in its response to Maria. As time went by it did not go up by much.

"I was there a long time, there was a transformer fire and the power went out, when they started dying then?"

Trump caused outrage this week when he said without any evidence the 3,000 death toll was a move by Democrats to make him look "as bad as possible".

Trump has come under increasing criticism as he insists that the estimated death toll of 3,000 people on Puerto Rico is incorrect and a lie meant to hurt him politically.

Puerto Rico's governor raised the United States territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who died in the aftermath had been severely under-counted.

The water was believed to be part of relief efforts after Hurricane Maria wrought devastation on the USA territory last September.

"As the President said, every death from Hurricane Maria is a horror".

"We all need to stop the blame game & focus on recovery, helping those still hurting & fixing the mistakes", he tweeted. "All those who enable it through silence are as responsible as the one with the megaphone". And oft-critical Republicans like retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen slammed Trump's claim as "shameless and disgusting". The President has disputed this, leading to all sorts of acrimony, including the recent decision by House Hispanic Caucus to snub an invitation to the White House.

President Trump is pushing back at media claims that his administration's lackluster response to Hurricane Maria helps explain the devastating death toll in Puerto Rico.

His opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Her doctor did not answer phone calls or text messages seeking comment.

"'3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico". He visited the island in August.

Trump's rhetoric on Maria has been persistent in the last two days. His support was in the single digits across the state when he entered the governor's race against establishment GOP favorite Adam Putnam in January.

But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth?

Cora said the issue does not lie with how many deaths were reported, but simply that there were people affected who were hurting for an extended period of time.

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