Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Trump Plugs Lou Dobb’s Remarks Calling Puerto Rican Governments ‘Corrupt’

President Trump seeks praise for Puerto Rico response as Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas President Trump
Deanna Wagner | 16 September, 2018, 01:34

As the death toll in Hurricane Florence climbed to five, President Donald Trump squeezed out another tweet insisting the number of deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in a government funded study is horseradish served up by Democrats and journalists to attack him.

Almost a year after Hurricane Maria barreled across the Caribbean and devastated Puerto Rico, the island has become the focal point of a stormy political debate involving Congress and the White House over how the Trump Administration responded to the disaster.

Having already drawn widespread criticism from members of his own party earlier this week for a claim made without evidence that the death toll was ginned up by Democrats in order to slime him, Trump once again tried to cast doubt on the estimated 2,975 killed by Hurricane Maria in the US territory.

"Our results show that Hurricane Maria was a very deadly storm, one that affected the entire island but hit the poor and the elderly the hardest", the statement read.

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports.

"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them on to the list", he tweeted.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

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He also complained Friday that the Puerto Rican government commissioned an independent study by researchers from a Washington-based university to determine how many people died in the storm.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded: "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"I wish he'd paused and expressed that, instead of just focusing on the response success", Bossert said.

A top FEMA official attempted Wednesday to warn people in the path of Hurricane Florence but instead had to shoot down reporters' questions about whether the Trump administration wasted disaster funds on its illegal immigration agenda. I know probably he doesn't feel that way.

As Hurricane Florence continued its destructive path in North and SC on Friday, President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017.

Also on Friday, Trump compared media treatment of the time President Obama made a slip of the tongue with that of his own constant avalanche of falsehoods. They said, 'Throw 'em to me!

He says it is more robust than an earlier study by Harvard University that concluded there could be a death toll ranging anywhere from 793 to 8,498.

The Democratic lawmakers called on the administration to support more funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as back a formal review into what went wrong.