Trump Falsely Claims Revised Puerto Rico Death Toll Is Fake News

Trump Falsely Claims Revised Puerto Rico Death Toll Is Fake News

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted, referring to a recent study that significantly expanded the USA government's initial assessment that 64 people died when Hurricane Maria battered the island last September. As time went by it did not go up by much. That figure was then compared to the number of deaths reported from September 2017, when the hurricane hit, to February 2018, when the island still struggled with blackouts and a shortages of essential supplies on the road to recovery.

-Sen. Ed MarkeyIn a pair of tweets, Trump insisted that "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

Last May, Harvard University public health researchers published a study that estimated the death toll was even higher.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning about how the death toll had been exaggerated. One thing's for sure, and I told (the media) before, one thing I'm proud, we're standing up on our own two feet.

Gutierrez conceded that "the massive power of the storm was compounded by decades of neglect from Washington", which he said "didn't happen overnight and didn't happen on President Trump's watch".

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"If (Trump) doesn't learn from his mistakes, he's going to make them again and people are going to continue to die", she told CNN television.

The study concluded the initial death toll of 64 only included those killed directly by hurricanes Maria and Irma - either by drowning, flying debris or building collapse. "Ron DeSantis is committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after a tragic loss of life". Just 75 have been approved by the Trump administration so far because of eligibility questions.

They said the study had been commissioned by the Puerto Rico government and was carried out "with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz fired off several tweets targeting Trump after Trump said "3,000 people did not die" and called the death count a move by Democrats to make him look bad.

Trump's handling of the damage Hurricane Maria caused was widely criticized, despite his efforts to paint his response to the storm as a success.

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Earlier this week, Trump called the US response in Puerto Rico "an incredible unsung success". Puerto Rico finally accepted the conclusion of an independent report on hurricane-related deaths, conducted by George Washington University, last month.

A study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government said the number was nearly 3,000 people, something Trump shot down on Twitter.

Noah also cited the report, but did a take on a new "sh***storm Trump", and had mock stand-ups from various weatherpeople and newspeople, who treated the President as though he were a storm threatening the US. Full power was restored in Puerto Rico following last year's storm only last month. Sober as the New York Times is in reporting Trump's latest big lie, it still represents in characterizing him how low we've sunk.

And FEMA Administrator Brock Long has said FEMA made changes to some of its priorities and procedures.

Almost four months after Maria hit land, Garcia's mother, Aida, got sick and went to a central Puerto Rico hospital.

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