Dems go after Trump for disputing PR death toll

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Dems go after Trump for disputing PR death toll

On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted a denial of the death toll from Hurricane Maria, the storm that devastated Puerto Rico last September. He said the toll was no greater than 18 when he visited the island previous year and "did not go up by much". Then, a long time later, they started...

Rossello said he left the analysis of the deaths in the hands of experts and accepted their estimate as the official death toll.

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. "This is about a country that really suffered, we still, you see the hurricanes forming now".

President Donald Trump began the morning claiming that the numbers were made up, "fake news" and politically motivated. "The people that went through this, they know what happened", Cora said.

In Florida, which was badly hit by Hurricane Irma a year ago and which received thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation of their homes, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis - who has built his campaign around his adherence to Trump's politics - tried to distance himself from the president's words.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted in response, "I disagree with @POTUS- an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed".

Trump's comments come as Hurricane Florence, now a category 2 storm, hurtles towards the Carolina coast, threatening millions in its path.

Trump said on Twitter that "they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths" at the time he visited the island after the storm. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand.

"How stupid, how tone deaf, how surreal, how insensitive, how offensive, how offensive to the relatives of the 3,000 people who died in Puerto Rico!" she said passionately.

Puerto Rico didn't restore power across the island until last month, meaning some residents on the island lacked power for almost a year after the hurricane. He also trafficked in racist stereotypes about lazy Latinos by suggesting that people in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort". Sober as the New York Times is in reporting Trump's latest big lie, it still represents in characterizing him how low we've sunk.

"So far this year, the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, has been out of Puerto Rico for 52 days, tending to activities with different organizations and delegating the functions of her job that she was recently reelected to, to former vice-mayor of the capital, Rafael Jaume", NotiCel reported. The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, isn't even a Democrat - he's a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party. The revision was based on the findings of a George Washington University study.

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