Trump disputes Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

Trump disputes Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, appears far from incompetent, but in October of previous year, a poll found just 32 percent of Americans thought Trump did a good job responding to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., is home to some 3.3 million people.

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.

Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria".

People online were aghast that the president would somehow blame Democrats for an accurate death toll being reported. "We're not able to say that now".

Trump said that unrelated deaths were added to inflate the number.

The federal government's response to the storm that hit Puerto Rico has been viewed as inadequate - full power was restored to homes just last month. Last month, Puerto Rico released an official death toll of 2,975. "I trust that this process was carried out properly", he said.

But Trump on Twitter Thursday claimed the updated total was "done by Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible".

The president reasoned that the response to Hurricane Maria was a success because the power grid was damaged before the storm and Puerto Rico's geography made it especially hard to provide aid.

"Only Donald Trump would try to make the deaths of almost 3,000 Americans into a story about himself and his political fortunes", Mr. Hoyer said in a statement.

Cruz tweeted Thursday, "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened", Hunstman said. She added: "Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES".

The feud between Cruz and Trump goes back to when the Category 4 storm hit last September 20.

The bottles were provided by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and turned over to the central government a year ago, according to the CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who first reported on the revelation.

Hurricane Maria was deadlier than Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 storm that killed 1,833 people in 2005.

Meanwhile, yet another monster storm spins towards the East Coast, millions of US citizens are in harm's way, and he's tweeting about two-day old news.

Trump said the recovery effort for Puerto Rico was complicated by the fact that it is an island and that its energy grid was in poor condition when the storm hit.

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