Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) - all blamed President Donald Trump and his administration for the nearly 3,000 people who reportedly died, using a death toll concluded through a statistical model by academics at George Washington University. One thing's for sure, and I told [the media] before, one thing I'm proud, we're standing up on our own two feet.
The White House, while describing any death from the hurricane as "a horror", sought to defend Trump's handling of the disaster, saying he had "directed the entire administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico". "He's the president of the United States, but I don't agree with a lot of what he says about us". "His tweet suggesting it was as low as six by the time he left makes clear that he is not interested in presenting an accurate picture of the effects of the storm on the island", Bump wrote.
The study concluded the initial death toll of 64 only included those killed directly by hurricanes Maria and Irma - either by drowning, flying debris or building collapse.
This number has been questioned as the one-year anniversary of the hurricane approaches, and as another storm, Hurricane Florence, threatens the lives of Americans.
That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in a report commissioned by the USA territory's governor, Ricardo Rossello. But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, was having none of that.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded: "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".
The estimate of 3,000 dead in Puerto Rico originates in a report by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
About 96 percent of Puerto Rico residents had power before Hurricane Maria hit, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Trump reportedly insisted that blind people wouldn't be living there.
"When I left the Island, after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump tweeted.
"'We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)", Trump tweeted. Last month, Rossello accepted the study's conclusion that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the storm's effects.
Trump touted the federal government's response as "an incredible, unsung success" this week.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a friend of Trump's who talks to him often, said he thinks Trump "sees every attack on him as sort of undercutting his legitimacy".
Photos have emerged showing 20,000 pallets of bottled water meant for victims still sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, a year after the storm.
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