Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

At least five people have died during Hurricane Florence after the storm made landfall on the North Carolina coast on Friday.

He added: "This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico".

Even some Republicans suggested the president had gone too far.

"He's talking about the one a year ago, because he's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria, that decimated Puerto Rico last year", Colbert said.

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is in a tough race for re-election this year, appeared to agree with Trump, saying there is "no doubt that there are a number of Democrats that are trying to play politics on hurricanes, and in particular using Puerto Rico as an excuse to attack the president". The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching.

"FEMA put that water out on that airstrip for the objective 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.

"We're dealing with a sensitive instrument in the White House", she said.

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Almost every study and report into the hurricane estimates a significantly higher toll than the early official estimates mentioned by the president.

Gidley cited studies that attributed fewer than 3,000 deaths on the island to Maria.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz called the president's comments "delusional, paranoid and unhinged from any sense of reality".

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump boasted about his administration's response to Maria: "Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said, pointing to some of the problems the island had before the hurricane.

In fact, there are two categories of disaster deaths.

The GWU study concluded the initial death toll only included those killed directly by hurricanes Maria and Irma - either by drowning, flying debris or building collapse. Others couldn't get the breathing machines they needed "because the power was out".

The death toll in Puerto Rico in the immediate aftermath of Maria grew from six to 13 by the time Trump arrived on the island.

Last May, Harvard University public health researchers published a study that estimated the death toll was even higher.

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"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.

"The next day they said, 'Oh, it was so disrespectful to the people, '" he added.

Ottmar Chavez, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) in Puerto Rico, said he only became aware of the water bottles on Wednesday.

George Washington University stood by its estimate.

State and local officials are responsible for establishing death tolls, not the federal government.

News reports vary in how many people have died as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Carlson started by asking him about comments he made regarding Russian Federation, and Avenatti said Trump should "not be standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and choosing Russian Federation over the hardworking men and women of the intelligence community that risk their lives for this country. Very good towels", Trump said after his visit to Puerto Rico, where he was criticized for light-heartedly tossing paper towels into a crowd as if they were campaign swag.

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