Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump rejects storm death toll

Trump rejects storm death toll

Late-night hosts took aim at Donald Trump's latest set of tweets after he claimed that the Hurricane Maria death toll was fabricated by the Democrats. Grassley also told reporters that "I don't know the president's motivations on a lot of things unless I talk to him personally".

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. "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'". "His tweet suggesting it was as low as six by the time he left makes clear that he is not interested in presenting an accurate picture of the effects of the storm on the island", Bump wrote.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló appeared to be aware of the critical distinction between Trump's tweet and the study.

Florence is forecast to dump up to a metre of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

When Trump visited the island territory last October, officials told him in a briefing that 16 people had died from Maria.

"The people of Puerto Rico know the American government failed them", Velasquez said. It's kind of like he was on trial for littering and said on the stand, 'I only threw my cup out of that window because I was distracted by the homeless man I ran over. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!".

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

Before the government-commissioned GWU study, many independent investigations also found the Hurricane Maria death toll to be in the thousands.

She added that the attitude from the administration is unacceptable and that "we have a moral obligation to do better, not only to finish the job of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but to prevent the same type of inadequate response from ever happening again".

Ahead of Florence striking the United States east coast, Mr Trump spoke with political leaders in the Carolinas and offered "whatever is needed", Sarah Sanders, the White House spokesman, said.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz slammed Donald Trump as "paranoid" and "delusional".

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the USA, is home to some 3.3 million people.

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to challenge these numbers and their relationship to both the hurricane and his administration's handling of the matter.

Hurricane Florence is the first major test of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since its much-criticized response to Maria, which caused devastation when it struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm a year ago. "Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one", says Colbert.

Puerto Rico's government is run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party.

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