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.
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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