Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

Stacks upon stacks of bottled water sit near a runway in Ceiba Puerto Rico

"The story of Puerto Rico is the rebuilding that has occurred". Curiel, a 60-year-old who had heart problems and diabetes, walked 10 flights of stairs to the ground floor of his condominium, twice a day, to get insulin from a refrigerator cooled by a generator after Hurricane Maria hit. On Oct. 29, he died of a heart attack.

There are also no state or federal guidelines in the USA for calculating storm or hurricane-related deaths.

It concluded that there were an estimated 2,975 deaths following the storm.Trump called the federal response to Hurricane Maria an "unsung success" earlier in the week, and tweeted - without evidence - that the GWU study was an effort by Democrats to hurt him politically.

"When Trump visited the island territory last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died from Maria", Trump tweeted, appearing to attribute the quote to the Washington Post.

With all eyes on Hurricane Florence, a Facebook post is casting fresh doubts on the federal government's response past year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. That's a number that came out of Puerto Rico's government after it commissioned a study by George Washington University.

George Washington University researchers stood by their study, responding to Trump's tweet by saying the study was carried out "with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".

The deaths fell in two categories: direct and indirect.

"Most physicians receive no formal training in death certificate completion, in particular in a disaster", it states.

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Trump's latest grumbling on the Maria death toll comes as Tropical Storm Florence inundates the Carolinas, killing at least four people.

Cora said the issue does not lie with how many deaths were reported, but simply that there were people affected who were hurting for an extended period of time. They said even though it has been one year later, they are still rebuilding.

"We are scientists. We are public health people. But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".

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. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'".

Political officials from both sides of the aisle condemned the president's statements and said they believed the death toll.

Nevertheless, the president distrusted these figures in a series of tweets on Thursday. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers".

Hostin blamed the Jones Act, saying it allowed the US government to "pillage and rape" the island since its inception in 1920, before asking why Trump didn't have an equal reaction to Maria as President Obama did to Haiti, which isn't even a USA territory. Now the White House is mulling possible replacements for Long.

That report, while acknowledging that Puerto Rico's power system was on "life support" before the hurricane, also said that approximately 96 per cent of residents had power restored to them after Hurricane Irma hit before Maria.

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