The changing death toll from Hurricane Maria

15 September, 2018, 17:33 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Donald Trump says Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rico death toll is a ploy to make him “look bad”

President Donald Trump is circling back to his claim that the death toll from Hurricane Maria past year was inflated and says the number rose to 3,000 "like magic". More than 100 people died as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

When CNN contributor Ana Navarro criticizes Trump, his supporters typically try to paint her as a Democratic Party operative. "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED.' They hired..."

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump wrote in his first Twitter post.

With all attention on Hurricane Florence, Republicans are dealing with a separate, familiar kind of storm in the halls of Congress - one of the president's own making.

Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. He's now falsely claiming that 3,000 people did not die in the wake of the devastating storm.

The estimate of 3,000 dead in Puerto Rico originates in a report by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. "The people that went through this, they know what happened", Cora said.

"It's kinda like he was on trial for littering, and he said on the stand, 'I only threw that cup out of my window because I was distracted by the homeless man I ran over".

It's a story I've been working on for weeks, along with several others, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on September 20, 2017.

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FEMA reports that more than 99 percent of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) and Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) have been restored and that 100 percent of wastewater treatment plants have also been restored.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one", says Colbert.

Cora, 42, a native of Puerto Rico who became Boston's manager this season after a 14-year playing career, said he respects the president, but expressed his displeasure with how the natural disaster had become a "political issue", the Boston Herald reported.

The Red Sox manager pointed out how his team, and other Major League Baseball clubs, helped in the relief efforts, and acknowledged that conditions in Puerto Rico are improving every day. He worked in the Obama administration, and past year travelled to the island to help in the aftermath of Maria.

"That's the official death toll, you lunatic", Meyers said.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

When asked what he planned on telling President Trump, Long said he was going to "let him know we're pre-positioned the best we can be". FEMA proceeded award a $156 million contract to a company that promised to provide 30 million meals to Puerto Rico; only 50,000 were ever delivered.

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