Florida GOPers Reject Trump Claims That 'Democrats' Inflated Maria Death Toll

Florida GOPers Reject Trump Claims That 'Democrats' Inflated Maria Death Toll

In case it's not already clear to you, President Trump's understanding of Hurricane Maria's official death toll is garbage.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning about how the death toll had been exaggerated. "As time went by it did not go up by much".

Earlier today, President Trump took to Twitter to dispute Hurricane Maria death estimates, accusing the Democrats of "reporting really large numbers, like 3,000", in an effort to make him look "as bad as possible".

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora expressed frustration Thursday when asked about President Donald Trump downplaying the number of people who died in the aftermath of a hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico one year ago, calling the President's tweets "disrespectful".

Thursday, Trump denied the death toll was that high and accused Democrats of trying to make him look bad.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like", declared San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz in response to Trump's tweets. For instance, almost 3,000 people died during the 9/11 attacks. "Your lack of respect is appalling!". But's important to understand, the number of people who died because of Maria did not suddenly jump from 64 to 2,975. But the issue was especially complicated in Florida, with its swollen population of Puerto Ricans.

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"I don't think that's fair", said Huntsman, who added she also didn't think it was fair to compare Trump's action's to those of a dictator, something that was mentioned on the previous day's show.

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A FEMA administrator said the bottles, pictured on pallet after pallet on a Puerto Rican runway and covered in blue plastic, were deemed surplus.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, whose parents were Puerto Rican immigrants, spoke on the House floor in front of a printout of the Puerto Rican flag, saying Trump is "delusional" and incapable or "empathy or basic human decency". First, in an Oval Office briefing on Tuesday, he called FEMA's response to Hurricane Maria "an incredible, unsung success".

Trump's tweets came as the Carolinas braced for Hurricane Florence, which could drench the homes of up to 10 million people.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority leader, said Trump owed an apology to the 3,000 families for "the shameful attack on deceased fellow Americans".

Katie Pavlich said there can be valid questions about how death tolls are determined and whether the federal or local government is more responsible, but that's an argument for another time.

"Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES".

Maria destroyed the island's electricity grid, leaving it largely without power for weeks and crippling its health care system. Cruz maintains the federal government's response was slow and inadequate. Researchers found that Puerto Rican officials didn't know about death certification practices after a natural disaster, according to the study.

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