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Stephen Colbert fact-checks Trump's Puerto Rico hurricane comments

16 September 2018, 02:42 | Devin Moran

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President Trump seeks praise for Puerto Rico response as Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas

The Puerto Rican community in CT are calling out President Donald Trump after his tweet said 3,000 people did not die in Hurricane Maria.

People online were aghast that the president would somehow blame Democrats for an accurate death toll being reported.

Puerto Rico was recovering from Hurricane Irma before Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, destroying roads and bridges and leaving much of the Caribbean island without electricity for months. A second phase will examine the circumstances of specific deaths to arrive at a more precise number.

"In light of this, we have been in contact with FEMA and the Department of Health to test the water inventory received by the federal agency". And Saturday Storm survivors were collecting spring water from the mountains for cooking and bathing, even with the threat of disease that brought.

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina with heavy rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the USA southeast. After that, it climbed to 64. The study concluded that 2,975 people died as result of Maria and its aftermath.

Where does the official death toll come from?

In his 2010 book "Decision Points", former President George W. Bush reflected on his mistakes during Hurricane Katrina, a human catastrophe that became a political cloud that hung over the rest of his presidency. About 1,800 died from Katrina.

With the island's medical, communications, and transportation systems in total collapse, the Puerto Rican government chose to stop counting shortly after the storm.

House Speaker Paul Ryan also stood by the study.




The politics of the Thursday-morning tweets are rough. Several other Republican lawmakers from Florida similarly rejected Trump's words.

She said she visited Puerto Rico herself a few months ago and people were dying all around from the lack of resources. Rossello is a Democrat who has been generally supportive of Trump.

"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 continued.

"No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during, and after the hurricane", Democratic nominee and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum tweeted. He joined team president Sam Kennedy and players Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and Christian Vazquez to hand out medical supplies, water filtration systems and food and water.

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.

As many as seven deaths have been attributed to the storm so far.

In fact, there are two categories of disaster deaths. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths.

How did they get their figure?

DeSantis recently named state Rep.



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