Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Trump Tweets Out Outdated Death Count for Hurricane Florence

Trump Tweets Out Outdated Death Count for Hurricane Florence

Trump falsely accused Democrats on Thursday of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him "look as bad as possible". When we think of people dying in a hurricane, we picture those who are washed out to sea, struck by flying debris, trapped under collapsed buildings, drowned in rising storm surge waters or even expiring from exposure while trapped on their roofs awaiting rescue. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote. As time went by it did not go up by much.

"I was there a long time, there was a transformer fire and the power went out, when they started dying then?"

Earlier this month, the governor of Puerto Rico raised the death toll to 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers from the Milken Institute at George Washington University at the government's request.

According to recent reports, on Wednesday, the US territory officials said that about 20,000 pallets of water bottles which were previously shipped to Puerto Rico following the devastating Hurricane which struck Maria island a year ago were unused till today and that this water became too much contaminated to drink. That criticism has sharpened with the landfall of Hurricane Florence and allegations that Trump's administration is not prepared to respond.

"Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said on Tuesday, adding that the island was fraught with issues prior to the hurricane. She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy". 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".

"The idea that a year after the fact we're complaining - look, we've gone back in and done a really pretty wonderful job of trying to rebuild", said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), noting the island's infrastructure was in poor shape before the hurricane.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added. "This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference". This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed.

The report from the "Washington Post" claims Trump is fixated on how he is portrayed regarding the response to Hurricane Maria.

Jason Ortiz with the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda said he is also disgusted at the president for blaming the Democrats in his second tweet. In September 2017, when Puerto Rico recorded a total of 2,906 deaths, we found there was an excess of 574 deaths above what would have been expected in a year without the storm.

Trump continued calling it an "unsung success" hampered by San Juan Mayor Carmon Yulin Cruz, and the whole "island" thing.

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