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Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., said he has "no reason to dispute" the numbers of those who died.

Even some Republicans suggested the president had gone too far.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who talks to Trump often, said, "I don't think it's bad to say we could have done better in Puerto Rico".

Cristina Pacione-Zayas, co-chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda, said she thinks Trump's comments were a form of distraction from the fact that work is still needed to help restore the island.

Especially upset were GOP politicians in Florida, a state with a substantial Puerto Rican population. "It's an isolated island that lost its infrastructure and power for a long time, you couldn't get to people for a long time", Ryan said. "The loss of any life is tragic". Salon notes that nobody corrected him by pointing out that Puerto Rico is a territory of the US.

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Cruz maintains the federal government's response to the hurricane was slow and inadequate while Trump said it was a success.

Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez says President Donald Trump is "dead wrong" when he claims 3,000 people didn't die from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year and when he claims the federal government's response was a success. Bill Nelson's seat, broke with President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying he sees no reason to doubt almost 3,000 people died following hurricanes in Puerto Rico a year ago. The answer hinges on one fundamental question: What constitutes a disaster death? "Direct" deaths include such fatalities as drownings in a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building. "A true leader would offer his condolences to the people of Puerto Rico, a true leader would offer his condolences to United States citizens and vow to never let something like that happen again". He said the number of deaths when he visited Puerto Rico after the storm was "from 6 to 18", even though news outlets were already reporting dozens, if not hundreds, of additional casualties that were likely uncounted. Researchers found that Puerto Rican officials didn't know about death certification practices after a natural disaster, according to the study.

"The study is done by academics, not the Democratic Party", Bacon said.

Do you believe in the importance of a free and independent press? "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date". "This is a day where we should be focused on the people who will be affected by the hurricanes today, and it's him talking about himself a lot, and a lack of empathy and sort of a self absorption that we've seen a lot of the last two years". Bottom line is, we are concentrating on what we call critical lifelines - health, safety, security.

The elderly and impoverished were hardest hit by the storm.

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His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response.

He claimed the Democrats were behind the figure in order to politically discredit him.

"Mr. President. SHUT UP", Alan Levine, a Republican appointed by Gov. Rick Scott - a top Trump ally - to Florida's university governing board, replied on Twitter. After the total was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure.

The agency didn't ship the bottles back to the U.S. for use in future disasters when they were no longer needed because that was "cost prohibitive", Bahamonde said.

She went on to say that when raw data is compared to the response to Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas to Harvey and Irma in Puerto Rico, it is vastly different.

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