Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the GOP majority Thursday calling for the panel to request documents from the White House relating to the Puerto Rico response.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list". "We try to reach the truth, and we try to understand what is damaging the people in order to prevent disease", he said.

An aerial image showing the damage done to the Morovis area of Puerto Rico three days after hurricane Maria passed through the island on September 20, 2017. Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim.

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.

George Washington University researchers are standing by their study that concluded the death toll following Hurricane Maria was 2,975. Trump has praised Scott in the past; so far, he has not responded to the governor's tweet. Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican Trump ally in a tight race for a U.S. Senate seat, has tried especially hard to make inroads with the Puerto Rican community, which traditionally leans Democratic. Trump believed those recovery efforts were a success story he could use to turn a tide of negative press stories after a troubled August, said one official who was not authorized to speak publicly. "We're not able to say that now", Goldman told CNN late last month.

The president tweeted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas.

CNN political commentator and frequent Trump critic Ana Navarro unloaded on the president's tweets regarding the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria a year ago.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a veteran Republican congresswoman from Florida, said Trump "has a warped mind that would turn this statistic into fake news". "Or should we call it the dead zone?"

There's growing sentiment that this is the worst tweet by Trump ever. "But we will be there, and it's just a matter of time", Cora said.

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The widely accepted total death toll from Katrina is 1,833.

'3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, ' the president tweeted.

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said before Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES".

State and local officials are responsible for establishing death tolls, not the federal government.

When a reporter asked Trump about Maria in the Oval Office, he swiftly unleashed fact-challenged defense of his response to the hurricane.

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

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.

Earlier today, President Trump took to Twitter to dispute Hurricane Maria death estimates, accusing the Democrats of "reporting really large numbers, like 3,000", in an effort to make him look "as bad as possible".

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