Donald Trump claims 3000 people 'did not die' in Puerto Rico hurricane

Andrew Caballero  AFP  Getty ImagesA large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Sept. 12 2018

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".

The federal response to the storm has been criticized, particularly in contrast to the relief effort in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Among them were a lack of training for physicians on how to certify deaths after a natural disaster and the government's lack of communication about proper death-certificate reporting before the 2017 hurricane season.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said there's "no reason" to dispute the Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico disputed in tweets this morning from President Trump, who argued that the tally was inflated to make him look bad.

President Trump pushed a new conspiracy theory that the hurricane death counts in Puerto Rico are false. Puerto Rico upped its official estimate to 1,427 in a July draft report.

Cora did credit the president for making a visit to Puerto Rico after the storm.

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz: "The world has seen, and the majority of the American people have seen, how neglectful he was towards the people of Puerto Rico".

President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd as he hands out supplies at Calvary Chapel, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in October. "NO IT IS NOT", she wrote.

It was not until last month that electricity was fully restored to the entire island of Puerto Rico, almost a year after the hurricane made landfall. In fact, by the time Trump got on his plane to return to Washington, that official death toll had already doubled.

Ricardo Rossello, Puerto Rico's governor who aligns with Republicans, said: "It is time to remember all those who lost their lives".

As the days went by, the death toll kept increasing, eventually reaching 64. The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped, [so did] the Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros, there's a lot of people in the States that are still helping us. From September 2017 to February 2018, 2,975 people died, according to that study, which was commissioned by Puerto Rico's government.

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. 'I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success, ' he claimed.

"I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics". "This situation what happened in Puerto Rico, it's far more complicated and its not the president saying I want this to be a disaster for everyone".

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