Trump called the death toll a plot by Democrats to make him look bad. "It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response".
They extrapolated that data to estimate 4,600 people died as a direct result of the hurricane, including those who were not able to access vital medical treatment. Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him. "As time went by it did not go up by much", Mr Trump tweeted yesterday.
Late night show hosts like Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert used their media platforms to call out Trump's appalling and deeply insensitive response to the deaths that accumulated in wake of the storm. The new number was adopted as the official death toll by the island's government.
"How stupid, how tone deaf, how surreal, how insensitive, how offensive, how offensive to the relatives of the 3,000 people who died in Puerto Rico!" she said passionately.
By some reports, Hurricane Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico was over 5,740, nearly 90 times higher than the government's official count of 64. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he said in a tweet Thursday morning as Carolinians prepared to be pummeled by Hurricane Florence.
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At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.
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A fourth person reportedly was killed while plugging in a generator in the state's Lenoir County, according to USA media. Roy Cooper said Friday that Florence is "wreaking havoc" and he's concerned "whole communities" could be wiped away.
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Trump and several members of his administration were quoted have called the book "fiction and fabrication". Christie, who is a subject within the book, continued to unleash his wrath on Woodward and Bannon: "If Mr".
A vast shipment of water bottles that were meant to be delivered to victims of 2017's destructive Hurricane Maria appear to be still sitting, unused one year later, on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. "At what point do you recognise that what they are doing is a political agenda couched in the nice language of journalism?" It made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, battering the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, ripping buildings apart and uprooting trees. "The president has done an extraordinary job in his operation FEMA and elsewhere going in there and rebuilding an island. rebuilding an electrical structure and everything else". That is not true. "They died because they did not have water; they died because they did not have food".
"The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said.
While Trump has praised his administration for its "incredibly successful" handling of Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has blasted the government for failing to provide appropriate assistance in the aftermath of the storm.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wrote on Twitter that "even tragedy becomes political" in the current environment and he backed the finding that almost 3,000 people died. "Your lack of respect is appalling!".