Dems go after Trump for disputing PR death toll

Dems go after Trump for disputing PR death toll

Dems go after Trump for disputing PR death toll

The Puerto Rican government officially accepted the hurricane death toll at 2,675, but President Trump calls the number phony.

Connolly is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier.

President Donald Trump tours a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Maria, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Rosselló told CNN on Thursday that the Puerto Rican government is "confident" in the results of the study and that he has no reason to believe the estimate was part of an effort by Democrats to undermine the President.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello also has criticized Trump for not providing additional federal funds still needed for emergency housing and debris removal.

"I really don't know the number of deaths but it is certainly more than 16 whatever the initial reports were". "3000 people did not die", he wrote. It was initially said to have killed just 64 people.

The bottom line is, we generally don't know how many people die in large-scale catastrophes when the government - local and/or federal - loses control of the situation on the ground.

As one hurricane comes toward the U.S., President Trump is fighting back criticism over how his administration handled the last major hurricane.

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It stands on its own as a testament to the horrific circumstances that Hurricane Maria inflicted on the people of Puerto Rico. Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?

"Among all the deaths that occurred, which of them were related to Maria, which of them would not have occurred if it hadn't been for the storm?".

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".

At the same time, the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said he had no reason to dispute the official death toll, while Republican Senator Marco Rubio said tragedy should not be politicised. "It's an isolated island that lost its infrastructure and its power for a long time". The study said the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster.

"There are Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida, who could make or break statewide elections in Florida in 2018 and I hope all those Puerto Ricans and all those people who know Puerto Ricans in Florida or who like Puerto Ricans, who are mad as hell at this tweet remember that the deadline to register to Florida if you moved is October 9th".

"Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

When a reporter asked Trump about Maria in the Oval Office, he swiftly unleashed a fact-challenged defense of his response to the hurricane. Cruz had earlier described the federal disaster response in the USA territory a "despicable act of neglect".

"We agree that no estimates regarding loss of life have been inflated and we remain focused on ensuring a full recovery for the island and creating more economic opportunities for those arriving in Florida", Cortes said in an email.

"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.

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