Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Trump claims Maria death toll rose 'like magic'

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Sandy Nunez | 16 September, 2018, 04:54

As Hurricane Florence continued to batter the Carolinas on Friday night - five people were confirmed dead as of Saturday morning - the president was still relitigating his administration's widely criticized response to Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico nearly a year ago, by promoting a baseless conspiracy theory.

Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post tossed out a link to an article from her newspaper on Twitter this morning purporting to settle the issue. Bear with me here, because the phrase "excess deaths" will become critical later. In addition to offending the million or so Floridians who have moved there from Puerto Rico in recent decades, Trump's comments are sure to anger Latinos generally as well as dismay many independent voters who like the current performance of the economy but who dislike Trump's temperament, lack of attention span and serial dishonesty. He has visited the US island territory seven times since Maria hit last autumn.

Since the hurricane struck in September previous year, several investigations by academics and journalists suggested the death toll was much higher than the official count, which for months stayed at 64.

They're counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed.

In a Tuesday press update on Florence, he called his administration's response to Maria an "unsung success", while also falsely claiming Puerto Rico "had no electricity essentially before the storm".

Noah and Colbert then went on to explain how the study done by George Washington's Milken Institute School of Public Health, found that 2,975 deaths were a result of the storm and its effects.

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Millions of homes and businesses lost power after hurricane made landfall, making it the largest blackout in USA history and the second-largest in the world. And it's just a matter of time'. 2,975 dead from Hurricane Maria.

"That's comparing him to Hitler, someone who gasses his own people that starve their people, the orders for thousands of their own people to die", Huntsman responses.

"We are ready for the big one that is coming!" he added. A comprehensive study done nearly ten years later raised the number, but only to 1,170. That is only an estimate, however, since they did not study how each individual died, although they hope to conduct that study in the future.

Echoing Cruz's condemnation of Trump's tweets, Democratic lawmakers also expressed outrage that the president would attempt to downplay the number of people who died as a result of a natural disaster and USA government neglect. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths.

"I mean, at what point do you recognize that what they're doing is a political agenda, couched in the nice language of journalism?" The question is whether or not this is actual science.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.