Trump's wrong on Puerto Rico, Florida Republicans say

Trump's wrong on Puerto Rico, Florida Republicans say

Trump's wrong on Puerto Rico, Florida Republicans say

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, Trump ignited a fresh controversy over his administration's response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the US territory last September.

He accused Democrats of inflating the official death toll to "make me look as bad as possible".

"I have no reason to dispute those numbers", he added.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted early Thursday.

"Ron DeSantis and I have always worked to help the Puerto Rican community both on the island and here in Florida", Cortes said. The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching.

"No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from (President Trump) before, during and after the hurricane", Andrew Gillum, DeSantis' Democratic opponent for governor, posted on Twitter. The president has guaranteed coverage of the government response to Florence will be intermixed with talk of his feud with Puerto Rico officials and questions about the veracity of his assertions.

A United States 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.

Mr. Trump inaccurately stated that only six to 18 people died "after" the storm hit the island and said Democrats padded the death toll by including, for example, a person who died of old age "in order to make me look as bad as possible". "Direct" deaths include such fatalities as drownings in a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building. He failed the people of Puerto Rico and now he insults them by suggesting the 2,975 deaths that came as a result of the storm didn't happen.

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a disgusting hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet. A range of other studies have placed the death toll estimate anywhere between 500 and 6,000.

George Washington University stood by the science behind its findings, calling the figure of 2,975 deaths "the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".

Dr Carlos Santos-Burgoa, the lead researcher on the study, said: "We are scientists".

"In light of this, we have been in contact with FEMA and the Department of Health to test the water inventory received by the federal agency".

"They had just gotten hit by a hurricane!"

His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response.

Puerto Rico's government is run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party. After the total was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure. "But we will be there, and it's just a matter of time", Cora said. Blackouts remain common. almost 60,000 homes are covered by only makeshift roofs not capable of withstanding a Category 1 hurricane. But the issue was especially complicated in Florida, with its swollen population of Puerto Ricans.

That prompted an angry response from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who tweeted, "Success?"

Cora, who is Puerto Rican, called the comments "disrespectful".

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