Republican and Democratic lawmakers spent days pushing back on Trump's claims that the staggering death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is false and made up to make him look bad. That neglect, she said, led to a breakdown in communication during last year's storm, which killed almost 3,000 people and devastated the island.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted a denial of the death toll from Hurricane Maria, the storm that devastated Puerto Rico last September. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote. Then, a long time later, they began to report large numbers, like 3000...,' one tweet reads.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria previous year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths. It was commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and was conducted by experts at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Until late August, the official numbers showed that 64 people died because of Hurricane Maria, despite some doubts hanging over this information.
Maria, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm, caused an island-wide power outage, nearly completely knocked out communications including satellite phones and left 80% of the island without access to water in the days following the storm.
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The president raised eyebrows on Tuesday when during an Oval Office meeting to go over preparations for Hurricane Florence that is barreling toward the East Coast with Category 4 winds he touted his controversial response to Maria.
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.
Florida Democrats responded swiftly to Trump's unsubstantiated claims.
Cora told reporters he respects Trump, but noted that he doesn't "agree with a lot of stuff he says about us". Patt Kessler's Reality Check takes us through the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?
He then included Fox Business Lou Dobb's response slamming the "corrupt" Puerto Rican governments: "The people of Puerto Rico have one of the most corrupt governments in our country".