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Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Maria.

Trump will travel to the region early to middle of next week and the trip will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts, according to Sanders.

In this September 4, 2018 photo, Gloria Rosado Ortiz holds a photograph of her late husband Ernesto Curiel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 4, 2018. On Oct. 29, he died of a heart attack.

He wrote: "FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!" If you're suggesting that every person who gets sick and dies months after a storm comes through because the infrastructure is inadequate, or medical supplies aren't available, or because they were bitten by a dog who might have been too hungry because he lost his owners in the storm, are directly attributable to the hurricane, then...

Among the voices correcting the president's tweets online was that of Spencer Cox, Utah's Republican lieutenant governor, who went to Puerto Rico to do volunteer aid work in the aftermath of the 2017 Hurricane season.

But Trump's assertion defies the findings of at least eight different studies that estimated the number of deaths to be at least several hundred, if not more than 1,000.

"The George Washington University study analyzed the total number of deaths during a six-month period and compared them to historical patterns - without classifying any death as a result of Maria".

The deaths fell in two categories: direct and indirect.




"This is a devastating storm that hit an isolated island".

In a report published two weeks ago, researchers at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., concluded that 2,975 "excess deaths" were linked to that hurricane. We are committed to the health of the population.

"The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said. While Cora acknowledged the government helped Puerto Rico, he questioned whether it did enough. A US territory since 1898, Puerto Rico's inhabitants are citizens, though they can not vote in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers. It's not that hurricanes can't kill that many people or more.

Nevertheless, the president distrusted these figures in a series of tweets on Thursday. He said he wants to find out more about what the numbers are, and thinks Congress should look into it.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded: "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality". The President has disputed this, leading to all sorts of acrimony, including the recent decision by House Hispanic Caucus to snub an invitation to the White House.

The comedian said Trump should be more focused on the threat of Hurricane Florence at the moment.

That report, while acknowledging that Puerto Rico's power system was on "life support" before the hurricane, also said that approximately 96 per cent of residents had power restored to them after Hurricane Irma hit before Maria. "Donald Trump today desecrated the thousands of Puerto Ricans who died in Hurricane Maria", he said.

But the president choosing to "add salt to the wounds", as Pelosi described it, only underscored her message that the federal response to Hurricane Maria has been woefully inadequate.


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