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Trump disputes hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico

14 September, 2018, 18:22 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz stands outside of the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria in San Juan

The tweets drew the ire of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, who has sharply criticized both the president and his administration's response to the storm a year ago that devastated the U.S. territory.

The report came almost a year after a much-maligned visit to Puerto Rico by Trump two weeks after Maria, where he implied that residents should be "proud" that the official death toll at the time was just 16 people, far lower than that of a "real catastrophe, like Katrina". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Mr Trump said people who died for any reason - "like old age" - had been added to the total.

"I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he said.

Mr Trump's tweets came as Hurricane Florence - a category 2 storm projected to bring catastrophic flooding - bore down on the US East Coast.

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures.

In this November 15, 2017 photo, some roofs damaged by Hurricane Maria have awnings installed in El Gandúl neighborhood, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 3,000 number is an approximation from a George Washington University study that estimated how many "excess deaths" occurred as a outcome of Hurricane Maria, rather than as a result of the normal life cycle on the island.

Former Vice President Joe Biden mocked Trump's baseless claim, and the study's authors stood by their work, calling it "the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".

Sunny Hostin, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was not having it.

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"Casualties don't make a person look bad, so I have no reason to dispute these numbers", he said Thursday.

The president ignited controversy when he tweeted that the approximate 3,000 death toll was inflated by Democrats.

"We left this analysis to the scientists and experts, recognising that there would be many challenges, because we wanted to have a powerful and independent voice to minimise the uncertainty", he said in a video on Facebook.

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

Gutierrez conceded that "the massive power of the storm was compounded by decades of neglect from Washington", which he said "didn't happen overnight and didn't happen on President Trump's watch".

There is no indication Trump raised "billions" to help rebuild the island and the government's Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) has said its response was strained after responding to two other major hurricanes weeks before Maria.

A Harvard University study in May said at least 4,645 died.

Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia says that if Democrats win back the House they will investigate the "failures of FEMA and the response of the administration" after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

He added in a tweet: "The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching".

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