Trump tweets wrong death count for Hurricane Florence

President Trump talks about Hurricane Florence after a briefing in the Oval Office on Sept. 11 2018

In a pair of tweets late Friday, Trump first quoted a Washington Post story, which recounted that he had been told only 16 people had died in the storm when he visited the island last September, shortly after Maria made landfall.

As the storm lashed North and South Carolina Friday as a hurricane, FEMA officials warned of the storm's menacing rain. "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", the president said.

Even some Republicans suggested the president had gone too far.

Trump later added in a second tweet that the larger reported death toll was the work of Democrats attempting to recast the president's successful response to the tragedy.

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

This is what is going on: Some "scientists"-read anti-Trump Democratic Party activists-constructed a theoretical baseline of how many deaths would be expected to occur in Puerto Rico during the months after Hurricane Maria".

The revelation comes as President Trump doubled down on his administration's response to Hurricane Maria on Wednesday and lashed out at the mayor of San Juan, who has been a critic of the effort, as "incompetent". The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching.

"Both Fed & local gov made mistakes", he said.

"We're dealing with a sensitive instrument in the White House", she said.

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"President Trump, to this day, has not acknowledged, not only the lack of resources and slow response time, but the continued issues in Puerto Rico", said Soto, a Democrat whose district covers a part of metro Orlando. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, whose parents were Puerto Rican immigrants, spoke on the House floor in front of a printout of the Puerto Rican flag, saying Trump is "delusional" and incapable or "empathy or basic human decency". The study said the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster.

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.

"This is a devastating storm that hit an isolated island".

The study in question, conducted by researchers at George Washington University, meticulously compared medical records on the island from the months after the storm to those in a normal, non-hurricane period.

The Puerto Rican government initially linked just 64 deaths to Maria. We are committed to the health of the population.

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora, a former player from Caguas, about 20 miles south of San Juan.

Ottmar Chavez, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) in Puerto Rico, said he only became aware of the water bottles on Wednesday.

"We stand by the science underlying our study", the statement said.

Though the official death toll was changed in August, reports by other academic institutions and newspapers estimated the death toll was in the thousands as early as December 2017.

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