Trump disputes Puerto Rico storm death toll, draws outcry

Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria

Photos reportedly show massive stockpile of bottled water left on a runway for more than a year in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

This is what is going on: Some "scientists"-read anti-Trump Democratic Party activists-constructed a theoretical baseline of how many deaths would be expected to occur in Puerto Rico during the months after Hurricane Maria".

A study conducted at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health found that 2,975 died in Puerto Rico, and the official number of deaths was revised from 64 by the Puerto Rican government.

On The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, the South African comedian said, "You see what the president doesn't seem to understand is that the effects of a hurricane last long after the storm has already passed, like the people on the Titanic, who froze in the water still died because of the crash".

Trump continued to enrage his critics in a series of tweets on Friday night, casting doubt on an academic study that calculated almost 3,000 deaths in the months following Maria. Then, like magic, "3000 PEOPLE KILLED". He has visited the US island territory seven times since Maria hit last autumn.

President Donald Trump again lashed out about the nearly 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, questioning the science behind the count even as Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolina coasts.

There is no indication Trump raised "billions" to help rebuild the island and the government's Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) has said its response was strained after responding to two other major hurricanes weeks before Maria. She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy".

But Trump, that official said, was unwilling to admit even internally that more needed to be done on the island.

There was a higher and more persistent risk of death for people living in "low socioeconomic development municipalities" while men aged 65 and over "experienced continuous elevated risk of death through February". "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.

Throughout the week, the president has repeatedly defended his administration's efforts in Puerto Rico, calling it it an "incredible, unsung success" and renewed his verbal spat with Cruz, the San Juan mayor. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths". The government of Puerto Rico came up with a figure of 68 excess deaths through October 2017; the New York Times, 1,052 through October 2017; a team at Harvard University, 4,645 through December 2017; and researchers at Penn State University, 1,139 through December.

He was criticised for treating a visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane like a rally, mimicking a basketball player as he threw paper towels to Puerto Rican residents at a local relief centre.

Trump's latest grumbling on the Maria death toll comes as Tropical Storm Florence inundates the Carolinas, killing at least four people.

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