Building on comments he made earlier in the week in which he said "3,000 people did not die", the President on Saturday said the number appeared "like magic" and there was "no way" it could be accurate. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE.
Trump's baseless allegations came in a string of Thursday tweets rejecting the official tally that found the catastrophic storm resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths. They then compared this baseline to the actual number of deaths, and voila!
Flattened homes on the island of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
On the contrary, researchers found that after Maria, the USA territory underwent an elevated number of heart attacks, bacterial infectious diseases, suicides, and deaths over a lack of access to insulin. Compounding the situation are photos that went viral this week of millions of bottles of water FEMA that delivered in the aftermath of the disaster, that somehow never left an airport runway in Ceiba with the island's death toll now estimated at around 3,000.More news: Bob Woodward's book Fear: Trump in the White House released on Kindle
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Of course, the 2,975-person death toll from Hurricane Maria was not a Democratic ploy to hurt Trump.
While Trump battles the media over his response to Maria, FEMA is briefing Americans on what to expect from Hurricane Florence.
"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful". These researchers used the mortality data and performed certain analyzes to determine exactly how many Puerto Ricans died during or after the hurricane.
Political officials from both sides of the aisle condemned the president's statements and said they believed the death toll.
"This was the worst natural disaster in our modern history", Rossello said". "Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one", says Colbert.