Trump rejects Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

  • Trump rejects Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

Trump rejects Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The president raised eyebrows on Tuesday when during an Oval Office meeting to go over preparations for Hurricane Florence that is barreling toward the East Coast with Category 4 winds he touted his controversial response to Maria.

"I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said Tuesday of the response in Puerto Rico, suggesting that it was made more hard by the "island nature" of the storm site. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he said in a tweet Thursday morning as Carolinians prepared to be pummeled by Hurricane Florence. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list.

A photographer claimed to have discovered a stockpile of bottled water sitting on a tarmac in Puerto Rico.

The San Juan mayor also retweeted a jab at Trump that referenced the incoming hurricane set to make landfall in the Carolinas later this week.

CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that Trump is "Apparently of the belief that the death toll is about him and not about approximately 3,000 dead American citizens".

"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump told reporters Tuesday. The George Washington University report said the actual number of excess deaths was estimated to be in the range of 2,658 to 3,290. At the time, the government's death toll stood at 64.

"You will never take away our self respect".

"Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?"

Two weeks ago, the death toll from September 2017's Hurricane Maria was increased to more than 46 times the previous official government tally.

That assessment brought sharp rebukes from officials in Puerto Rico and congressional Democrats.

'You have people who died after the storm passed because they fell off their roof making repairs, they died in vehicle crashes because the stoplights were off, you have chainsaw accidents, you have accidents with people cleaning up debris, ' he said.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello said in a statement this week that Maria was "the worst natural disaster in our modern history".