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On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

14 September 2018, 02:55 | Edward Lowe

Fury over Donald Trump dismissing Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

Trump says Democrats inflated Puerto Rico death toll

As happens often, congressional Republicans were blindsided Thursday morning by a tweet, as President Donald Trump challenged without evidence the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria.

The island formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study by researchers at The George Washington University. "It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response".

"As time went by it did not go up by much", Trump wrote. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump tweeted on Thursday.

Trump's comments come as Hurricane Florence, now a category 2 storm, hurtles towards the Carolina coast, threatening millions in its path.

"In the real world people died on your watch".

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Flooding from rain and rising rivers also was reported in New Bern. Don't relax, don't get complacent. Roy Cooper said Thursday evening.

The media has also used the hurricane to attack Trump, often blaming his administration for any failures in Puerto Rico, even if the fault lies with Puerto Rican officials.

The Republican president said Democrats had inflated the number of dead in Puerto Rico "in order to make me look as bad as possible" but he did not provide evidence.

"They died because they didn't have power; they died because they couldn't get their meds", Cassidy said. A range of other studies have placed the death toll estimate anywhere between 500 and 6,000.

The official death count increased months after the storm because the government of Puerto Rico originally did not acknowledge counts from news outlets investigating the impact of the storm.

"I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics".

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump over the US government's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, even as 12 million bottles of water were discovered this week rotting on an airport runway in Puerto Rico.

"I just wanna state that not only is this a sickening tweet, it is in no way true", Colbert said. It's because better information has been gathered than was available in the chaotic days after Hurricane Maria hit - and, sadly, because more people died as a result of the devastating damage to the island's infrastructure. He also trafficked in racist stereotypes about lazy Latinos by suggesting that people in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

No one suggests that Trump was primarily responsible for the deaths in Puerto Rico.

Trump reignited the controversy around the US government's management of the disaster when he said Tuesday it was an "incredible, unsung success".

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