San Juan Mayor: 'God Bless' Potential Hurricane Florence Victims

Leroy Wright
September 13, 2018

"It's 2,975 people, and they're still calling it an estimate - 2,975 people that will never see the light of day, and many of them died because of what was done by the administration and that was silently approved by most of the political class in Puerto Rico", Cruz told CNN earlier this month.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office meeting on hurricane preparations for Hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018.

Most of the deaths blamed on Maria in Puerto Rico resulted not from the physical impact of the hurricane, but rather because of the shortcomings in preparedness and response - the lack of access to medical care; to dialysis treatment and diabetes medication, for example.

Last month, almost one year after Maria struck Puerto Rico, the island's government raised the official death toll to 2,975 people - a dramatic increase on the previous official figure of 64. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he tweeted Thursday.

"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico", Trump continued.

Trump on Tuesday, alongside Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, said the island's electric grid had been already "in bad shape".

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"Nobody is singing his praises because we all saw what happened", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told The Associated Press.

"Puerto Rico was, actually, our toughest one of all because it's an island, so you just - you can't truck things onto it".

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released. It was commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and was conducted by experts at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

CEIBA, Puerto Rico - The stockpile of bottled water stretches down an unused runway in Ceiba. "This translated into an inadequate indicator for monitoring mortality in the hurricane's aftermath". "I think in a certain way, the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that".

That assessment brought sharp rebukes from officials in Puerto Rico and congressional Democrats.

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