Trump declares himself victim in Hurricane Maria death toll

Jan Cross
September 14, 2018

"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico", he added.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted, referring to a recent study that significantly expanded the U.S. government's initial assessment that 64 people died when Hurricane Maria battered the island last September.

In a tweet, Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the storms. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote.

More than 10 million bottles of water left to rot on a Puerto Rican airport tarmac were deemed "excess" supplies that federal officials decided the island didn't need while recovering from Hurricane Maria, FEMA said on Thursday.

Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin called out Yulin Cruz last night on Fox News as being one of Puerto Rico's politicians who has "politicized" the natural disaster.

The initial low death count of 64 people only took into account those who died from "structural collapse, flying debris, floods and drownings".

Those involved with the study have emphasized that the 3,00 estimate is not a conclusive number and further work should be done.

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Thursday, Stewart's spokeswoman, Daryn Frischknecht, said the congressman "doesn't have anything to add to the conversation" about the president's assessment of the death toll. "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people".

"I agree I've made mistakes", Rosselló said.

As the southeastern US coastal states now face a looming threat from fast-approaching Hurricane Florence, Trump has for days revisited the USA government's performance in handling the aftermath of Maria's stunning blow to Puerto Rico and other hurricanes that hit the US mainland a year ago.

It was not until last month that electricity was fully restored to the entire island of Puerto Rico, almost a year after the hurricane made landfall.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a Democrat who tangled with the president over and over while Hurricane Maria made global news, fired back at him on Thursday.

Hurricane Maria killed up to 3,000 people-if not more-making it the deadliest storm in US history. I hate talking about politics and all that. A USA territory since 1898, Puerto Rico's inhabitants are citizens, though they can not vote in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

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