Trump declares thousands of deaths in Puerto Rico fake news

14 September, 2018, 06:06 | Author: Diane Mills
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He said: "With 3,000 people dead, for the president to say that Puerto Rico was a success, a triumph of his presidency is simply delusional".

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the GOP majority Thursday calling for the panel to request documents from the White House relating to the Puerto Rico response.

It's a story I've been working on for weeks, along with several others, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on September 20, 2017.

Researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University determined about 3,000 people died.

Levine, who expressed pride over Scott's "humility" in efforts to assist a post-storm Puerto Rico, went on to say he didn't blame the president for the deaths, "but fighting over it now is beneath him". Those were not needed during the response phase and were not distributed by the governor of Puerto Rico or FEMA for that reason'. Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim.

President Donald Trump lauded the Hurricane response and rejected the death toll of almost 3,000.

They said the study had been commissioned by the Puerto Rico government and was carried out "with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".

The Trump tweet generated strong emotions of anger and sorrow.

Stewart was being interviewed Wednesday about Trump's earlier statements that his administration's handling of the hurricane that hit the US territory was "an incredible, unsung success" and "one of the best jobs that's ever been done".

President Donald Trump has been "overly criticized" for his response to the deadly storm that struck Puerto Rico past year, but neither the president nor his critics should be politicizing the tragedy, Rep. Chris Stewart said.

US President Donald Trump has official figures which state 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's devastating Hurricane Maria, saying the number was invented by political rivals to undercut his image.

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"The study is done by academics, not the Democratic Party", Bacon said.

"President Trump was responding to the liberal media and the San Juan Mayor who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations", the statement read.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who talks to Trump often, said, "I don't think it's bad to say we could have done better in Puerto Rico".

A Harvard University study in May said at least 4,645 died.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", Ryan told reporters at a regular press conference, "so I have no reason to dispute these numbers".

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, seized on Trump's use of the word "successful" and said in a statement at the time: "No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called "successful" because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states".

"The victims in Puerto Rico and the people of Puerto Rico, do not deserve that their pain is questioned". The death toll is drawn from multiple scientific studies.

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

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said before Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said Tuesday in the Oval Office, noting that the island location is "tough" during a hurricane due to the inability to transport vital equipment and supplies by truck.


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