Trump Falsely Claims 3000 Puerto Ricans Did Not Die After Hurricane Maria

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2018

Researchers used what they called a "state-of-the-art mathematical model", which Trump misrepresented - wrongly saying the study counted deaths "for any reason, like old age".

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump boasted about his administration's response to Maria: "Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said, pointing to some of the problems the island had before the hurricane.

And yet, per his tweets, somehow the president is the victim in all this.

"I have no reason to dispute those numbers", Ryan told reporters on Thursday.

"Everything is about him and political posturing", Cruz said.

Sunny Hostin, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was not having it. They found that the catastrophic loss of power and infrastructure after Maria swept through Puerto Rico contributed to the deaths of an excess 2,975 people, many of whom could not attend to urgent medical needs.

So is he correct to say this figure is wrong? "President Trump was responding to the liberal media and the San Juan Mayor who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations".

Along with post-storm conditions, each death has a complex mix of causes making it hard to definitively apportion blame in every case.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a frequent critic of Trump, was appalled by his latest message.

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Flattened homes on the island of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico's governor raised the USA territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who died in the aftermath had been severely under-counted.

The deaths fell in two categories: direct and indirect. "Direct" deaths include such fatalities as drownings in a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths.

Almost every study and report into the hurricane estimates a significantly higher toll than the early official estimates mentioned by the president.

"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. A study commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico and conducted by George Washington University released Thursday morning instead put the death count at 2,975. Initial government reports showed that there were 64 deaths related to the storm.

"I think that's too generous", Hostin shot back.

"In light of this, we have been in contact with FEMA and the Department of Health to test the water inventory received by the federal agency". "Obviously with Maria, we had not a supply issue, we had distribution issues", he said during a briefing about Hurricane Florence.

Stephen Lawson said DeSantis "has always worked to help the Puerto Rican community", and the former congressman representing Volusia and Flagler counties held a House oversight hearing earlier this year to identify deficiencies in the federal response to Hurricane Maria. "An independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed". After the total was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure. The footage prompted accusations that Trump lacks empathy. They also accounted for displacement after the disaster. "We have a moral obligation to do better, not only to finish the job in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but to prevent the same type of inadequate response from ever happening again".

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