Trump says Hurricane Maria death toll number was made up by Democrats

Trump says Hurricane Maria death toll number was made up by Democrats

With Hurricane Florence threatening a devastating blow to the USA mainland, President Trump paused at a Tuesday briefing with FEMA officials to reflect on what he sees as the unqualified success of his administration's response in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria.

The president reasoned that the response to Hurricane Maria was a success because the power grid was damaged before the storm and Puerto Rico's geography made it especially hard to provide aid. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump tweeted Thursday. He has no solidarity, no sympathy, no empathy for anything that does not make him look good.

This comes after recent reports found that almost 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of last year's storm.

Ros-Lehtinen said that Trump has a "warped mind that would turn this statistic into fake news" about himself, according to The New York Times' Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman.

"What may be millions of water bottles. meant for victims of Hurricane Maria, have been sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, since previous year, according to @FEMA, which confirmed the news to me", Begnaud wrote.

As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration's response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the USA territory last September. The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that the incoming storm is "looking even bigger than anticipated", urging those in the hurricane's path to "get out of its way".

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"Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he tweeted. The study, released last month, showed a much higher death toll than the initial estimate of 64 people.

As he braces for Hurricane Florence, President Donald Trump is stoking new outrage over his refusal to accept any blame for the relief effort following Puerto Rico's monster storm past year.

A photograph, taken Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, of the stockpiled water in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.

Connolly called the President's characterization of the federal response to Maria "monstrous fiction that costs lives".

Since the estimated death toll puts Hurricane Maria's casualty rate on par with 9/11, Camerota continued by commenting on how Trump looks at the two tragedies through "a very different lens".

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 2017.Initial figures from authorities recorded 64 deaths however last month the U.S. territory estimated the death toll stood at 2,975, making it the deadliest storm to have hit Puerto Rico since the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane.

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