Trump disputes Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll. Here's how they are calculated

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2018

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria past year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths.

Despite significant evidence showing almost 3,000 people were killed in the devastating storm past year, Trump tweeted that the official death toll was a political scheme, two days after he was sharply criticised for saying the government had an "unsung success" in its response to Maria.

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. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3,000".

But Trump has continued to praise his own government's response to the disaster in Puerto Rico.

Trump said on Twitter that "they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths" at the time he visited the island after the storm.

"It's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora, who was wearing a black T-shirt with an image of Puerto Rico on the front.

The US president tweeted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas. The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz slammed Donald Trump as "paranoid" and "delusional".

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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 House Democratic Caucus tweeted that Trump "won't acknowledge the thousands of Americans who died on his watch", and added: "Even worse, Republicans have no interest in holding this administration accountable and ensuring that Congress is prepared to respond to these disasters". Trump didn't think it was accurate. The revision was based on the findings of a George Washington University study.

Below is a list of studies that have estimated the death toll there.

In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid.

In the weeks after the storm hit, the Puerto Rican government said 64 people died on the island.

The Red Sox manager pointed out how his team, and other Major League Baseball clubs, helped in the relief efforts, and acknowledged that conditions in Puerto Rico are improving every day. "You couldn't get to people for a long time on the island because roads were washed out, power was gone and the casualties mounted for a long time", Ryan said.

One media outlet where Trump was not subjected to scathing criticism for his Hurricane Maria death toll denials, however, was Fox News, according to a report by ShareBlue.

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