Donald Trump claims '3,000 people did not die' in Puerto Rico hurricane

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

President Trump on Thursday falsely accused Democrats of inflating the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year, rejecting a government assessment that the storm had claimed almost 3,000 lives.

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.

President Donald Trump has been "overly criticized" for his response to the deadly storm that struck Puerto Rico previous year, but neither the president nor his critics should be politicizing the tragedy, Rep. Chris Stewart said. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump has eschewed any blame for the slow response to the island and the death of hundreds if not thousands of Americans, blaming Puerto Rico's electrical grid.

'When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths.

Trump made the comments Thursday on Twitter as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas. "The loss of any life is tragic".

A defense, with a mistake: While on CNN, Rick Santorum defended the Trump administration's response to Maria, saying that while FEMA plays a big role, the primary responsibility lies with the "country of Puerto Rico". "This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".

Hurricane Florence: 1000mm of rain forecast for North, South Carolina
In the midst of what's being called a "monster storm", some US residents are welcoming Hurricane Florence with parties. All four major U.S. airlines have said they are capping selected airfares below what last-minute tickets would cost.

President Donald Trump makes a gesture as he leaves the stage after speaking at the September 11th Flight 93 Memorial Service in Shanksville, Pa., Sept. 11, 2018. "It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response". The parties are courting Puerto Rican voters who are longtime residents of Florida, as well as those who relocated to the state after Maria caused devastating damage to the US territory last September. "He has worked alongside Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon (of Puerto Rico) to secure support for rebuilding efforts".

This admission is important, because it helps explain how death tolls work.

He was criticised for treating a visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane like a rally, mimicking a basketball player as he threw paper towels to Puerto Rican residents at a local relief centre.

The George Washington University study, requested by the governor of Puerto Rico, examined an unusually long period of time following the storm in an attempt to detect the hurricane's lingering, indirect effects on mortality.

That includes one report that estimated the death toll was 2,975 - a figure that the government of Puerto Rico has adopted as the official count.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a frequent critic of Trump, was appalled by his latest message.

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim", said Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.

Related News:

  • Carolina residents rush for gas as powerful hurricane advances

    Carolina residents rush for gas as powerful hurricane advances

    In South Carolina, McMaster's evacuation orders affect about 1 million residents and tourists across eight low-lying counties. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.
    LIers head to the polls on primary day

    LIers head to the polls on primary day

    They might not think she can win, but a vote for her might convince be a warning to Cuomo to clean up his act. Nixon was joined by Councilman Jumaane Williams, who is running for lieutenant governor, in Queens.
    Nintendo Direct Officially Announced for Tomorrow

    Nintendo Direct Officially Announced for Tomorrow

    But we do know that the service will enable online play, cloud game saving and more. The service will cost $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three, or $19.99 for 12.
  • IPhone XR Portrait Mode has one serious limitation

    IPhone XR Portrait Mode has one serious limitation

    A dongle is a device used to connect a pair of headphones into a new Apple device, as any pair of non-Apple headphones don't fit. If you're in the market to replace your phone, you may be considering buying the latest and greatest Apple has to offer .
    Here’s what happened to Nike sales after their Kaepernick ad dropped

    Here’s what happened to Nike sales after their Kaepernick ad dropped

    Nike has sponsored Kaepernick since 2011 and the advertising campaign marks the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" slogan. Open champ, said the biggest victor might be the publicity sparked for Nike . "So Nike is doing what they want to do".
    Millions prepare as Hurricane Florence approaches USA  coast

    Millions prepare as Hurricane Florence approaches USA coast

    Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe and newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land.
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

    HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

    Asked whether she would visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump, Bird said, "No, I wouldn't". When Storm coach Dan Hughes was hired after last season he told Bird that he hoped he could get her one more.
    Florence is now

    Florence is now "only" a Category 2 hurricane. That won’t matter much

    It's predicted the fierce weather system will linger over the Carolina coast for days, not hours. "A lot of rain", said Maj. A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
    Pope summons bishops for summit on sex-abuse prevention

    Pope summons bishops for summit on sex-abuse prevention

    The meeting in February will bring together the heads of all national bishops' conferences, from more than 100 countries. But within the divided church , Francis's stance on the underlying reasons for abuse have been contested.
  • Hurricane Florence begins to batter USA  east coast

    Hurricane Florence begins to batter USA east coast

    The Miami-based center says Florence is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas . Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.
    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils $2 bn fund for homeless, others

    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils $2 bn fund for homeless, others

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is to launch a $2bn (£1.53bn) fund to help homeless families and launch pre-schools in poor communities. The fund will also launch and operate a network of high-quality Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities.

    Meet Apple’s iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr: Specs, Price, Release Date Announced

    The firm has completely revamped its iPhone lineup and, in the process, has decided some older models no longer make the cut. Sadly, it's now time to hold a candle to the iPhone X as Apple has discontinued its "revolutionary" flagship for this year.


Most liked

Classic Final Fantasy PlayStation Games Are Coming To Switch And Xbox One
As for the rest of the event, Nintendo covered plenty more ground, most of which touched on previous announcements. Final Fantasy 7 is out now for PC, PS1, PS4, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch .

NAFTA deal must end Canada's milk protein scheme
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow last week said milk was the main issue standing in the way of a NAFTA deal. Mulroney said Justin Trudeau phoned him last weekend to discuss the NAFTA situation and the two spoke for an hour.

The biggest announcements from Apple's iPhone Xs event
Gareth recons that the lower price will make the iPhone XR the best selling new iPhone revealed this year. I've been using Moment lenses with my iPhone X pretty much all year and they're absolutely fantastic .

Trump Wanted Higher Taxes on the Rich
He gives one example of a National Security Council meeting that happened about a year after Trump took the White House. He added, "He and I both know this story is total BS".

John McEnroe defends Serena Williams: 'I have said far worse'
It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses. Ramos penalized her a game for verbal abuse , something virtually unheard of in such an important match .

OnePlus 6T confirmed to have no headphone jack
A few days back, OnePlus officially confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor . We also know that part of the removal could have been necessary to get an in-display fingerprint reader inside .

California mandates 100% clean energy by 2045
This order essentially states that California must "remove (s) as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it emits". California plans to obtain all of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045 under legislation signed by Gov.

West Point area could start to feel effects of Hurricane Florence Thursday
The eye was about 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

Jerome Boateng reveals what he told Jose Mourinho during summer phone call
Pogba, 25, has thrown fresh doubt over his United career during the worldwide break by admitting he could leave the club in January .

Russian Poisoning Suspects: We Were Just Tourists
The Metropolitan Police published the suspects' photos, saying their names were Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. When asked if they were carrying Novichok with them, both Petrov and Boshirov laughed it off.

3,000 dead, but Trump hails Hurricane Maria response as ‘unsung success’
Ricardo Rossello issued a statement Tuesday on "the worst natural disaster in our modern history". San Juan, Puerto Rico is a two and a half hour plane ride from Miami.

'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy
In another report Sunday, former intern Sarah Johansen accused Fager of groping her at a work event. They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations.

Verizon 5G Home service coming to four cities from October 1
USA operator Verizon is using the limited launch of a new fixed wireless access service to claim victory in the 5G race. Early users of the service in those four cities will get it for free for the first three months.

Google will discontinue Inbox by March 2019
The company claimed that it had no plans to change its email client and saw it as a place to continue testing innovative features. In it, Google walks customers through using some of their favorite features from Inbox in Gmail as well as discover new ones.

High-definition video from space shows the extreme power of Hurricane Florence
This is an issue, Meyers said, because Trump is "the president". "Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added. We're ready, we're able". "In the past, it's been safer to leave them there", a state department of corrections spokesman said.