Trump stance on Puerto Rico death toll draws criticism on Capitol Hill

14 September, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Donnie King
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He added: "This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico".

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a frightful hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!", he added.

"Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER", she tweeted.

August 28, the government of Puerto Rico officially announced the death toll from Hurricane Maria as 2,975 making it the most severe natural disaster in the island's history.

Hurricane Maria stirs up deep emotions for Garcia, who lives in the east metro, but whose daughter was in college in Puerto Rico at the time.

Trump is seemingly ignoring the aftereffects of the storm in his tweet and focusing only on deaths attributable to things like flying debris, drowning and structures that collapse.

In fact, the Puerto Rico numbers were collected over months by researchers at George Washington University's school of public health, at the request of the territory's governor.

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". You will never take away our self respect. "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us". Not only because it seemed indifferent to Puerto Rican suffering, but also because it is demonstrably false. 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.




Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a veteran Republican congresswoman from Florida, said Trump "has a warped mind that would turn this statistic into fake news".

"We left this analysis to the scientists and experts, recognising that there would be many challenges, because we wanted to have a powerful and independent voice to minimise the uncertainty", he said in a video on Facebook. "The loss of any life is tragic", Scott continued, "the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching". At the time, the White House did not dispute the numbers. One year after the devastating storm, a precise figure is yet to be declared. And that's really no one's fault.

Cora did credit the president for making a visit to Puerto Rico after the storm.

A report released this summer by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified deficiencies in the administration's response, including that the agency was not adequately staffed heading into the hurricane season.

Ottmar Chavez, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) in Puerto Rico, said he only became aware of the water bottles on Wednesday.

"The missing part was empathy", Mr. Bossert said.

Gutierrez conceded that "the massive power of the storm was compounded by decades of neglect from Washington", which he said "didn't happen overnight and didn't happen on President Trump's watch".

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