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Trump declares himself victim in Hurricane Maria death toll

Trump declares himself victim in Hurricane Maria death toll”

Regarding Hurricane Maria, Gutierrez alleged that Trump's focus from the beginning "was on damage control from a political standpoint, not damage control from a human life standpoint".

Mr Trump said people who died for any reason - "like old age" - had been added to the total. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. "Is there anyone who can explain this?"

"When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from six to 18 deaths", Trump said.

At the same time, the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said he had no reason to dispute the official death toll, while Republican Senator Marco Rubio said tragedy should not be politicised. The difference is how academic scientists gathered the information. I know probably he doesn't feel that way.

Trump's evidence for why the study was wrong? That number is less than a Harvard study released in May, which put the number at 4,645.

In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the US Weather Prediction Centre.

In estimating the "true" death toll, researchers looked at historical data to estimate how many people would have died had the hurricane not hit the island.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat who is being challenged by Scott in November, called Trump's comments "shameful".

"They're watching Fox News".

"The victims of Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico in general, do not deserve to be questioned about their pain", Rossello said in a Facebook video post. "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".

But the real smackdown came from Republican commentator Ana Navarro.

Hurricane Maria killed up to 3,000 people-if not more-making it the deadliest storm in US history. "If you are a United States citizen, you should be disgusted by this".

Trump's controversial remarks sparked a rare bipartisan backlash, with even some members of his own party echoing the condemnation from Democratic opposition leaders. Both of them have the full support of Trump for their candidacies.

"Hey, man, thank you for helping us. Let's just go in and fix it", Stewart said. "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, a Democrat who has sparred with Trump, tweeted that "Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

"They died because they didn't have power; they died because they couldn't get their meds", Cassidy said.

Navarro said that precisely because of those facts, FEMA and Trump should have known that the island would need extra help.

There is no indication Trump raised "billions" to help rebuild the island and the government's Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) has said its response was strained after responding to two other major hurricanes weeks before Maria.



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