Trump declares thousands of deaths in Puerto Rico fake news

Trump declares thousands of deaths in Puerto Rico fake news

In Florida, which was badly hit by Hurricane Irma past year and which received thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation of their homes, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis - who has built his campaign around his adherence to Trump's politics - tried to distance himself from the president's words.

President Donald Trump retweeted FEMA's tweet a day after he claimed, without evidence, that a George Washington University report revising the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria previous year up to almost 3,000 was "bad politics" carried out by "Democrats in order to make me look bad".

Last month, George Washington University released a report that put Puerto Rico's death toll at 2,975 - up from the Puerto Rican government's official count of 64.

As the death toll in Hurricane Florence climbed to five, President Donald Trump squeezed out another tweet insisting the number of deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in a government funded study is horseradish served up by Democrats and journalists to attack him.

The study - done by the school's Milken Institute of Public Health - reported that the deaths occurred between September of last year and February of this year.

Colbert, of course, had a different take on the matter. "I ask the president to recognize the magnitude of Hurricane Maria and continue working with my government to ensure a full recovery of the American citizens of Puerto Rico".

The NBC star didn't just target Trump for his Puerto Rico tweets, though. Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one [Florence].

But Thursday morning, Trump tweeted, "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

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Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120-mph winds on Thursday, but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.

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Tuesday, Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of about 130 miles per hour , a slight weakening from earlier the morning. Isaac became a tropical storm again approaching the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene was veering northward, no threat to land.

"I was looking for help and no one came", said Maria Gonzalez Munoz, who spent 30 days after the storm caring for her sister in her blacked-out home.

In his tweet, Trump claimed 3,000 people did not die during the storm and that there were only six to 18 deaths.

He added: "Casualties don't make a person look bad".

Here are five Trump critics who have had angry reactions to the president's clueless remarks on Puerto Rico's death toll. "An independent study said thousands were lost". "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people".

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 politicized. More than 100 people died as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. "There's a lot of people in the states (and) they're still helping us", Cora said. 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.

"Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

With his comments on Thursday, Trump didn't just kick a hornets nest - instead, he bludgeoned it with a barbed-wire baseball bat and outrage exploded across Twitter.

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