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Trump says Hurricane Maria death toll number was made up by Democrats

16 September 2018

Yet, Trump insisted Hurricane Maria was an "unsung success" and the revised death toll was some ploy by Democrats to undermine him.

A report from George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico concluded on August 29 that 2,975 likely died as a result of Hurricane Maria and the catastrophic conditions on the US territory after the storm. It's not that hurricanes can't kill that many people or more.

There were 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico that came as a result of Hurricane Maria.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria previous year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths.

Trump reignited the controversy around the USA government's management of the disaster when he said Tuesday it was an "incredible, unsung success".

Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Maria.

As Business Insider noted, the death toll from Hurricane Maria was estimated at 13 when Trump arrived on the island to survey relief efforts.

In a pair of tweets late Friday, Trump first quoted a Washington Post story, which recounted that he had been told only 16 people had died in the storm when he visited the island last September, shortly after Maria made landfall.

Political officials from both sides of the aisle condemned the president's statements and said they believed the death toll. Carlson started by asking him about comments he made regarding Russian Federation, and Avenatti said Trump should "not be standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and choosing Russian Federation over the hardworking men and women of the intelligence community that risk their lives for this country".

Puerto Ricans in CT said they are infuriated at the president for downplaying the severity of Hurricane Maria.

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

"I disagree with @POTUS", Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, said on Twitter.

The death toll figure was actually the result of a months-long intensive scientific study conducted by epidemiologists, a demographer, a public health nutritionist, environmental health scientists, two public health research assistants, an anthropologist, a behavioural scientist and two health communication experts.

Trump said the number of deaths when he visited Puerto Rico after the storm was "from 6 to 18", even though news outlets were already reporting dozens, if not hundreds, of additional casualties that were likely uncounted.

Rosselló added: "In the meantime, I hope you consider sending a message of support to show you stand with all of the US Citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones". "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date", the school said in a statement.

As the storm lashed North and South Carolina Friday as a hurricane, FEMA officials warned of the storm's menacing rain.

Trump says Hurricane Maria death toll number was made up by Democrats