Florida Republicans run from Trump on his denial of Puerto Rico deaths

14 September, 2018, 18:15 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd as he hands out supplies at Calvary Chapel Guaynabo Puerto Rico in October

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a scholarly study that concluded almost 3,000 people were killed previous year by Hurricane Maria on the island territory of Puerto Rico.

Trump once again attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, tweeting: "We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)".

"As time went by it did not go up by much", Trump wrote.

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.

It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted".

"We agree that no estimates regarding loss of life have been inflated and we remain focused on ensuring a full recovery for the island and creating more economic opportunities for those arriving in Florida", Cortes said in an email.

At his weekly news conference today, Ryan said, "Casualties don't make a person look bad".

At the same time, the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said he had no reason to dispute the official death toll, while Republican Senator Marco Rubio said tragedy should not be politicised. The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped, [so did] the Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros, there's a lot of people in the States that are still helping us.

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Since the 2017 hurricane, Franzen has been back to Puerto Rico five times - mostly recently earlier this week, where she saw long lines for drinking water at a store.

Trump was torn apart online for his tweets.

A community advocate estimated that around 115 families from Puerto Rico have relocated to Minnesota.

Cora's comments came as the USA braces for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to cause heavy damage as it slams into the Carolinas this week.

The president argued the report puts the death tolls of 3,000 was done by Democrats to make him look bad.

Cruz maintains the federal government's response to the hurricane was slow and inadequate while Trump said it was a success.

George Washington University researchers stood by their study, responding to Trump's tweet by saying the study was carried out "with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".

"This was the worst natural disaster in our modern history", Rossello said".

DeSantis' statement did not mention Trump by name, but his campaign's decision to come out against the President's view was particularly noteworthy given the candidate openly courted Trump during his primary campaign and has commended him countless times.

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