Trump’s Hurricane Maria Tweets Get Rare Republican Pushback In Florida

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 16, 2018

A recent federal report found that almost 3,000 people died in Maria's wake in Puerto Rico, with damages estimated at about $100 billion.

An independent study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government estimates 2,975 people died as a result of the hurricane, but Trump said that number is false.

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora, a former player from Caguas, about 20 miles south of San Juan.

Trump tweeted that the number of dead climbed from 16 to 64 "over many months". He has visited the US island territory seven times since Maria hit last autumn. Nevertheless, many people who were located in Puerto Rico however suffered from lack of potable water which lasted for several weeks immediately after this storm struck last September.

President Donald Trump again lashed out about the nearly 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year, questioning the science behind the count even as Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolina coasts. That criticism has sharpened with the landfall of Hurricane Florence and allegations that Trump's administration is not prepared to respond. But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, was having none of that.

In the tweet, Trump quoted Rivera saying, "They say all these people died in the storm in Puerto Rico, yet 70 per cent of the power was out before the storm".

A U.S. government report published this month concluded that the federal response in Puerto Rico was hampered by a lack of trained staff as well as by major logistical challenges.

Santos-Vasquez said the president's numbers are wrong.

A report published in May by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health said up to 4,600 people were killed and an investigation published in December by the Center for Investigative Journalism found the actual death toll exceeded 1,000 people.

"No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during, and after the hurricane", Democratic nominee and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum tweeted.

"I disagree with @POTUS", Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump plans to visit the areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, according to the Washington Post, citing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in a report commissioned by the USA territory's governor, Ricardo Rossello.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.

They're counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed. I don't know. We will never know how many, how many we lost.

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 11, including 10 in North Carolina and one in SC.

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