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Trump expected to visit areas affected by Florence next week

Trump expected to visit areas affected by Florence next week

As Hurricane Florence continued to batter the Carolinas on Friday night - five people were confirmed dead as of Saturday morning - the president was still relitigating his administration's widely criticized response to Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico nearly a year ago, by promoting a baseless conspiracy theory.

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people.it's actually disrespectful for my country", said Cora (via ESPN), a Puerto Rico native whose family was on the island as the storm hit.

Mr. Trump said the higher Estimates "were done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible".

"I was there a long time, there was a transformer fire and the power went out, when they started dying then?"

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

President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which slammed Puerto Rico in September 2017.

That includes one report that estimated the death toll was 2,975 - a figure that the government of Puerto Rico has adopted as the official count. "And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people". That criticism has sharpened with the landfall of Hurricane Florence and allegations that Trump's administration is not prepared to respond. "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".

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The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital accused Trump of being "delusional".

When asked what he planned on telling President Trump, Long said he was going to "let him know we're pre-positioned the best we can be". "The people that went through this, they know what happened", Cora said.

The study - done by the school's Milken Institute of Public Health - reported that the deaths occurred between September of last year and February of this year. "That's the official death toll, you lunatic".

Earlier this week, Trump called the response to Hurricane Maria an "unsung success".

Ortiz said Connecticut's senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal have stood up for the Puerto Rican community and have yet to hear from the president himself.

"Physician unawareness of appropriate death certification practices. and the government of Puerto Rico's lack of communication about the death certificate process.substantially limited the count of deaths related to María". Much of the island remained without electricity and running water for months after Maria hit, and many residents died while waiting for help.

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.


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