Trump disputes Milken research estimating Hurricane Maria death toll

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2018

Trump's anger over the death toll drew swift rebukes from elected officials and residents of the island, where blackouts remain common, 60,000 homes still have makeshift roofs and 13 per cent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service. I know probably he doesn't feel that way. Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one.

Cora, who was a coach in Houston last season, was not among the Astros contingent to visit the White House and President Trump in March after their World Series title in 2017.

Ahead of Florence striking the USA east coast, Mr Trump spoke with political leaders in the Carolinas and offered "whatever is needed", Sarah Sanders, the White House spokesman, said.

Some blamed the media.

Florence was to be the first major test of FEMA since its response to the Puerto Rico disaster, which was widely criticised. When pressed on the tweets, Cornyn grew frustrated.

Some appeared to be working to calm the president down.

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said before Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"When I left the Island, after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump tweeted. "That is just what happened".

Speaking to reporters as Hurricane Florence closed in on the US East Coast, Trump said last year's operation was "an incredible unsung success".

Tens of thousands of buildings were expected to be flooded, with up to 40 inches of rain in places, causing billions of dollars in damage. Chávez said he only became aware of the bottled water on Tuesday and does not know why it is there, how it got there or how long it has been there.

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted.

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After almost a year of controversy over the figures, the island's governor said the new estimate would now be considered the official death toll. I don't know if it was efficient, it was enough.

A small number of Republicans seemed to side with the president.

'He's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria, that decimated Puerto Rico previous year, ' Colbert said.

Rarest of all was direct criticism. The university study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures.

When CNN contributor Ana Navarro criticizes Trump, his supporters typically try to paint her as a Democratic Party operative.

Colbert then talked about how the death toll hadn't received the press it deserved.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a veteran Republican congresswoman from Florida, said Trump "has a warped mind that would turn this statistic into fake news".

"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted".

"But the President continues to refuse to acknowledge his responsibility, and the problem is that if he didn't acknowledge it in Puerto Rico, God bless the people of SC and the people of North Carolina", Cruz said.

"We've been battling through it", Cora said, via NBC Sports Boston.

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