Alex Cora on Trump's comments: It's about human beings

Alex Cora on Trump's comments: It's about human beings

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago was raised by Democrats to make him look bad.

In August, George Washington University released a study estimating that 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.

As the southeastern USA coastal states now face a looming threat from fast-approaching Hurricane Florence, Trump has for days revisited the US government's performance in handling the aftermath of Maria's stunning blow to Puerto Rico and other hurricanes that hit the US mainland past year.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted in response, "I disagree with @POTUS- an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed".

Ryan denies the figure reflects poorly on Trump, saying, "casualties don't make a person look bad".

Trump's comments drew outrage, with critics pointing out that Maria led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people.

Sunny Hostin, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was not having it. 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.

One media outlet where Trump was not subjected to scathing criticism for his Hurricane Maria death toll denials, however, was Fox News, according to a report by ShareBlue.

But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth?

More news: States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

That morning, Politico reported that FEMA's top official, Brock Long, may have "misused government resources and personnel", sparking a Department of Homeland Security investigation.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan and vocal critic of Trump, tweeted her dismay at his latest offensive.

"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", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Ryan didn't answer a question about whether Trump's claim disturbed him or whether Trump should apologize to the victims' families.

Mr Trump's tweets came as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolina coast and is expected to cause unsafe flooding and tornadoes.

Nerybelle Perez holds a picture of her father, World War II veteran Efrain Perez, who died inside an ambulance after being turned away from the largest public hospital when it had no electricity or water, days after Hurricane Maria passed, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, June 7, 2018.

"This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference", the university said in a statement. Those were not needed during the response phase and were not distributed by the governor of Puerto Rico or FEMA for that reason'. Some Puerto Ricans are still without power.

"And I gotta say, man, thank you for helping us. I think it's about a country that really suffered", Cora said.

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