Trump expected to visit areas hit by Hurricane Florence

16 September, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria

"Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" -tweets Thursday.

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora, a former player from Caguas, about 20 miles south of San Juan.

Hurricane Maria lashed out on Puerto Rico in late 2017, killing a reported estimate of 3,000 people and depleting this United States of America territory of its resources.

He said: "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths". He falsely claimed the number had been inflated by Democrats "in order to make me look as bad as possible".

"He's talking about the one a year ago, because he's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria, that decimated Puerto Rico last year", Colbert said. FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!The George Washington University study Puerto Rico commissioned - after many months of public complaints that casualties from the storm had been under-counted - compared the total number of deaths in the months following Hurricane Maria with historical patterns and demographic trends.

Cora said the issue does not lie with how many deaths were reported, but simply that there were people affected who were hurting for an extended period of time.

Carmen Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, admitted there were some bureaucratic problems on the island, but she slammed Trump's comments and described them as "despicable" and "adding insult to injury".

Puerto Rico's government is run by the New Progressive Party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party made up of both Republicans and Democrats. "We all need to stop the blame game & focus on recovery, helping those still hurting & fixing the mistakes".

Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence
It is not know if the dolphins came into shore to find shelter from the storm or if they were dragged in the the high winds. In New Bern, the unsafe conditions prompted officials in the coastal city to place the city under 24-hour curfew at 7 a.m.

The official death count increased months after the storm because the government of Puerto Rico originally did not acknowledge counts from news outlets investigating the impact of the storm.

At the same time, the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said he had no reason to dispute the official death toll, while Republican Senator Marco Rubio said tragedy should not be politicised.

President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into the crowd during his visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

"Over many months, it went to 64 people", Trump tweeted.

"They hired ... GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?). I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he continued.

Puerto Rican officials have previously blamed mismanagement on Fema, whereas President Trump has said authorities on the island are incompetent.

In this September 4, 2018 photo, Gloria Rosado Ortiz holds a photograph of her late husband Ernesto Curiel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 4, 2018. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, whose parents were Puerto Rican immigrants, spoke on the House floor in front of a printout of the Puerto Rican flag, saying Trump is "delusional" and incapable or "empathy or basic human decency".

The US federal government's response to Hurricane Maria has come under fresh scrutiny this week.

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