Trump disputes Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll. Here's how they are calculated

Trump disputes Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll. Here's how they are calculated

Trump disputes Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll. Here's how they are calculated

Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!' "Is there anyone who can explain this?"

President Trump pushed a new conspiracy theory that the hurricane death counts in Puerto Rico are false.

Needless to say, the reason the death toll has been revised upward is not because of any conspiracy. The difference is how academic scientists gathered the information.

"I think if you haven't lost someone in Puerto Rico, if you're just an American citizen, if you're just a human and have any empathy for anyone else, you should feel that this is grotesque", she said.

The 3,000 figure Trump referenced comes from a study conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health. An independent study accepted by Puerto Rico officials concluded that 2,975 people died from the storm and its aftermath. "The question for me is, like, why?" "We still - you see the hurricane swarming now [in the Carolinas], and everybody's panicking".

Though the official death toll was changed in August, reports by other academic institutions and newspapers estimated the death toll was in the thousands as early as December 2017.

But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth?

BuzzFeed News reports that "Justo Hernández, deputy federal coordinating officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told reporters that the 19,841 pallets of water were left on the runway at José Aponte de la Torre Airport and that as a result, 'some of that water was spoiled'".

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Republican Ron DeSantis' campaign issued a statement that said the gubernatorial candidate -- typically one of Trump's most-ardent supporters -- is "committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after such a tragic loss of life" and that he "doesn't believe any loss of life has been inflated". "We will never apologize for erring on the side of having too much of a commodity in a place, because that's what we're supposed to do".

In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid. He's the president of the United States.

The Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, in differing tones, also separated themselves from Trump's statement. Both of them have the full support of Trump for their candidacies.

"I cannot assure you that all the water is good", he said.

Hostin blamed the Jones Act, saying it allowed the US government to "pillage and rape" the island since its inception in 1920, before asking why Trump didn't have an equal reaction to Maria as President Obama did to Haiti, which isn't even a USA territory.

"The president's a counterpuncher, we now that".

Another Trump critic, and a target of his tweets, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted, "Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him". "The people that went through this, they know what happened". But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, was having none of that.

But Trump has continued to boast about the handling of Maria, calling it "an incredible unsung success" as he warned residents of the Carolinas not to take chances with Florence.

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