On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

Possibly Millions Of Water Bottles Meant For Hurricane Maria Victims Left On Tarmac In Puerto Rico

"We left this analysis to the scientists and experts, recognising that there would be many challenges, because we wanted to have a powerful and independent voice to minimise the uncertainty", he said in a video on Facebook.

Trump continued to enrage his critics in a series of tweets on Friday night, casting doubt on an academic study that calculated almost 3,000 deaths in the months following Maria. He says, "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'". He said the latest figure was more accurate and stressed that every death in the six months following the storm was not attributed to the hurricane.

The whole kerfuffle started with another, earlier tweet where Trump wrote, "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed Puerto Rico's official death toll of 3,000 from hurricanes a year ago and accused Democrats of inflating the figure that was reached in an independent academic study.

This number has been questioned as the one-year anniversary of the hurricane approaches, and as another storm, Hurricane Florence, threatens the lives of Americans.

It found that 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. Events surrounding the games helped raise money for recovery efforts.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Puerto Rico's official death toll from Maria, which the territorial government dramatically increased to 2,975 in August after commissioning a study by George Washington University.

"If (Trump) doesn't learn from his mistakes, he's going to make them again and people are going to continue to die", she told CNN television.

"If you watch the show, you know we kid the president about being a bad person".

Seth Meyers took "A Closer Look" at Donald Trump's astonishing responses to recent Hurricanes Florence and Maria. Trump tweeted that the reported number of about 3,000 was inaccurate and had been pushed by opponents just to make him look bad.

Where does the official death toll come from?

Trump has maintained that the Hurricane Maria-related death toll in Puerto Rico was no more than 18, and Wired contributor Adam Rogers has stressed that Trump's claim is not only "preposterous" and "worse than a lie"-it is also anti-science".

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico". FEMA proceeded award a $156 million contract to a company that promised to provide 30 million meals to Puerto Rico; only 50,000 were ever delivered. After President Trump visited the island in October, the governor announced the death toll had risen to 34.

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.

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