Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Connolly is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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

She says the president is tone deaf to peoples' suffering.

Earlier Thursday, Trump sparked controversy when he addressed his administration's response to Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 storm that devastated Puerto Rico last September. But that toll should have at least another 1,000 added to it because that's the number of people who died due to debris exposure.

It was "one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about, " Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he was receiving a briefing on Hurricane Florence. Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim.

Initial death tolls for Maria were set at 64, but many observers expressed doubts at that number as the territory's medical and transportation infrastructure was insufficiently prepared for the storm. "Ron is focused on continuing to help our Puerto Rican neighbors recover and create opportunities for those who have moved to Florida succeed".

Rosselló also faulted the tweets, stating in a Facebook Live that "the victims and the people of Puerto Rico, in general, do not deserve their pain to be questioned".

"There is no depth that Trump will not explore in order to further his own narcissism and victimhood".

Trump then added that the high death toll was a result of Democrats trying to make him look bad. "Or should we call it the dead zone?"

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

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Just as soon as he tweeted the claim, people retaliated.

That morning, Politico reported that FEMA's top official, Brock Long, may have "misused government resources and personnel", sparking a Department of Homeland Security investigation.

Mr. Trump's Twitter screed was the latest in a string of callous remarks he has made about the deaths in Puerto Rico, which have caused even some of his allies to cringe. But the after-effects, people don't talk about that. "I said it and I'll say it again".

The death records were provided by the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Records division of the Puerto Rico Department of Health. "Democrats pushed him in front of my vehicle'".

Echoing Cruz's condemnation of Trump's tweets, Democratic lawmakers also expressed outrage that the president would attempt to downplay the number of people who died as a result of a natural disaster and US government neglect.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, shot back on Twitter, calling Trump's "lack of respect"appalling".

"Damn it, this is not about politics, this was always about saving lives", she told NBC television. Cruz maintains the federal government's response was slow and inadequate.

President Trump denied the death toll of almost 3,000 from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

The president raised eyebrows Tuesday when he touted the response efforts in a meeting to go over preparations for the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence inching toward the Carolinas. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3,000".

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