Trump declares himself victim in Hurricane Maria death toll

Trump declares himself victim in Hurricane Maria death toll

"I understand the president's frustration in the sense that he has worked very hard to help Puerto Rico. that the effort to help them has been herculean", Francis said.

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.

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

On Wednesday, Puerto Rican officials said about 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to Puerto Rico after Maria went unused and became too contaminated to drink.

"This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference", the university said in a statement.

Repeated power cuts also led to an increased number of deaths from diabetes and sepsis.

The 3,000 figure Trump referenced comes from a study conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Trump has focused his ire on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who positioned herself as a critic of his administration in the immediate aftermath of the storms. You should never be content with everything we did.

Trump touted the federal government's response as "an incredible, unsung success" this week. Gutierrez said. "I pray that his response to the current disaster unfolding along the East Coast will be better and more empathetic".

"How stupid, how tone deaf, how surreal, how insensitive, how offensive", Navarro told CNN.

Hurricane Florence began battering North Carolina on Thursday night, beginning an onslaught that will provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency a chance to fix its bruised reputation following the federal response to Hurricane Maria. "It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response".

Abby Garcia did not see the president's tweet until she got off work Thursday evening.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat, said the president was "delusional". But I think this is more than politics. "The loss of any life is tragic", Scott continued, "the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching".

And House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said, "I have no reason to dispute these numbers".

At issue has been how to assess the severity of a storm whose devastating impact on fundamental needs - water, electricity, communications, and medical care - seemed to rival or exceed that of the deadliest recent storms to hit the United States, but whose official fatality count until now was far less severe. And that's really no one's fault. "Those are just the facts of what happened". "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico".

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