Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm toll of 3000 as Democrat plot

Jay Schwartz secure plywood over the windows of their business ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence Sept. 11 2018 in Myrtle Beach S.C

But while Republicans everywhere are probably rolling their eyes and wondering why on earth Trump would bring up his weird claims about Maria with both the midterms and another potential hurricane approaching, Trump's tweets hit Florida politics like a stink bomb.

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a terrible hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet.

It's unclear why the water was never utilized but Ceiba Mayor Angel Cruz Ramos claims too much water was delivered at the wrong time. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he said in a tweet Thursday morning as Carolinians prepared to be pummeled by Hurricane Florence.

As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas on Thursday morning, Trump disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria a year ago, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

For Mary Cassidy, the president is trying to make himself look better, while Puerto Rico is still a humanitarian crisis.

Another Trump critic, and a target of his tweets, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted, "Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him". "Your lack of respect is appalling!".

Earlier this month, the governor of Puerto Rico raised the death toll to 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers from the Milken Institute at George Washington University at the government's request.

Critics say the discovery is another example of the United States government's poor response to the devastation. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)wroteon Twitter.




Ryan added that he visited Puerto Rico after the hurricane hit and that what he saw was "devastating".

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Cristina Pacione-Zayas, co-chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda, said she thinks Trump's comments were a form of distraction from the fact that work is still needed to help restore the island.

Stephen Lawson said DeSantis "has always worked to help the Puerto Rican community", and the former congressman representing Volusia and Flagler counties held a House oversight hearing earlier this year to identify deficiencies in the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

There is a lot of blame to go around for the situation that Puerto Rico found itself in before Maria hit.

The death toll study was commissioned by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, a member of Puerto Rico's "New Progressive Party".

Florida Democrats condemned Trump's tweets. Chef José Andrés, whose charity fed thousands on the island in the aftermath of the storm, said Trump is "the face of no shame". It made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, battering the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, ripping buildings apart and uprooting trees. In other words, someone who would have died "for any reason, like old age" no matter what would not have been included in the new official death toll.

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