Trump just doubled down on a lie about Hurricane Maria's death toll

Leroy Wright
September 14, 2018

"Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote.

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...

The Hot Topics table was sacked up this morning on "The View", as the show dove into President Donald Trump's latest tweets saying a report on the death toll in Puerto Rico was inflated to make him look bad.

Maria, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm, caused an island-wide power outage, nearly completely knocked out communications including satellite phones and left 80% of the island without access to water in the days following the storm.

A report released this summer by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified deficiencies in the administration's response, including that the agency was not adequately staffed heading into the hurricane season. "And over at Fox News Puerto Rico never happened", she said".

The Republican president said Democrats had inflated the number of dead in Puerto Rico "in order to make me look as bad as possible" but he did not provide evidence.

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Carmen Yulin Cruz: The mayor of San Juan responded with a tweetstorm, and one captures the theme: "This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

"I cannot assure you that all the water is good", he said. Sober as the New York Times is in reporting Trump's latest big lie, it still represents in characterizing him how low we've sunk. Last month, Rossello accepted the study's conclusion that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the storm's effects. A range of other studies have placed the death toll estimate anywhere between 500 and 6,000. "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", the president said.

The president's tweets came as the government prepares for Hurricane Florence's impact on the Carolinas and set off a storm of criticism in Twitter.

In the Oval Office on Tuesday, the president praised his administration's response to the series of storms in 2017. The inability to provide a reliable death count seemed, to many critics, to echo the dysfunction apparent in the island's lack of preparation or any swift, effective response from the local and federal governments.

But hours later photographs emerged showing millions of bottles of drinking water, meant for Maria survivors, still sitting under blue tarps ona runway there.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum said "no death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane".

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