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Puerto Rico Gov: Maria Victims Should Not Be 'Questioned About Their Pain'

Puerto Rico Gov: Maria Victims Should Not Be 'Questioned About Their Pain'

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump suggested, via Twitter, that Democrats had inflated the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

President Trump denied the death toll of almost 3,000 from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

Cora, who spends time in Puerto Rico in the offseason, said many people on the island are still struggling, but he's encouraged by the progress being made every day.

Of course, the 2,975-person death toll from Hurricane Maria was not a Democratic ploy to hurt Trump.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a Democrat who has sparred with the president, tweeted that "Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him". So now Rossello has gone from "a great guy" to a participant in an anti-Trump conspiracy.

Regarding Hurricane Maria, Gutierrez alleged that Trump's focus from the beginning "was on damage control from a political standpoint, not damage control from a human life standpoint".

Needless to say, the reason the death toll has been revised upward is not because of any conspiracy.

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". "But to take up on the issue of how many people are dead is so disgusting".

Researchers at George Washington University determined last month that Hurricane Maria alone resulted in 2,975 "excess deaths" in Puerto Rico.

Commissioned by Puerto Rico's governor, the study found that the authorities' initial figure of 64 deaths was likely as low due to officials strictly classifying only certain deaths - such as those caused by collapsing buildings, flying debris, floods and drownings - as caused by the hurricane.

In a statement, the institute said it would "stand by the science underlying our study". Cruz maintains the federal government's response was slow and inadequate.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump over the USA government's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, even as 12 million bottles of water were discovered this week rotting on an airport runway in Puerto Rico. Trump, the story noted, spent a "long weekend" at his golf club and attended a political rally in Alabama.

Trump, who has struggled to express public empathy at times of national crises, sparked outrage during his post-Maria visit when he feuded with San Juan mayor and passed out paper towels to victims like he was shooting baskets.

"Our results show that Hurricane Maria was a very deadly storm, one that affected the entire island but hit the poor and the elderly the hardest", the statement read. While Cora acknowledged the government helped Puerto Rico, he questioned whether it did enough. He was particularly pilloried for being out of touch when he praised FEMA Director Michael Brown: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", he said. Instead, Trump claimed that only as many as 18 deaths occurred. The fake news media, like CNN, have attacked President Trump for disputing the "scientists" who came up with the 3,000 number.

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