Trump on Hurricane Maria

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But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, has intently insisted for two days that the numbers are unrealistic.

A report earlier this month by the Government Accountability Office described the government as "down to the bottom of the barrel" in staffing by the time Maria hit Puerto Rico, citing a series of other hurricanes and catastrophic wildfires a year ago that overwhelmed federal disaster responders. He said the number of deaths when he visited Puerto Rico after the storm was "from 6 to 18", even though news outlets were already reporting dozens, if not hundreds, of additional casualties that were likely uncounted. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote. Trump then added that the high death toll was a result of Democrats trying to make him look bad. The host noted that she abandoned the practice, suggesting that "the bottom of our political discourse" during the Trump era is unreachable.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, objected to President Donald Trump's comments on Twitter about the devastation Hurricane Maria did to his home in 2017. He's the president of the United States.

Abby Huntsman agreed that Trump's tweets were insensitive, saying the focus should be on what happened in Puerto Rico and not Trump's ego.

Trump's claim of success in Puerto Rico hurricane response derided

Repeating that no one knows "what the real truth is", Stinchfield said, "I'm there with Donald Trump" when "he calls bogus on the 3,000 deaths".

"The inadequate preparedness and personnel training for crisis and emergency risk communication, combined with numerous barriers to accurate, timely information and factors that increased rumor generation, ultimately decreased the perceived transparency and credibility of the Government of Puerto Rico", the study read.

Maria, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm, caused an island-wide power outage, nearly completely knocked out communications including satellite phones and left 80% of the island without access to water in the days following the storm.

"Puerto Rico went through a tragedy". "I am begging. I am begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying". He says old people who died were "just added to the list". These researchers used the mortality data and performed certain analyzes to determine exactly how many Puerto Ricans died during or after the hurricane. "How can we make it so more people die?' You think that was actually happening in the White House?" You don't control the president or hurricanes... "I said it and I'll say it again". If you look at the root cause of any problem, is one, around here, one death is a death too many.

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