The changing death toll from Hurricane Maria

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2018

But Trump's confusion is understandable - or rather, it would be understandable if he were some random American retiree and not the president of the United States.

In a latest fit of fury, Trump successfully enraged millions of Americans by claiming the nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by two back-to-back hurricanes were fake news.

Trump called the death toll a plot by Democrats to make him look bad. Trump has said, without evidence, that death total is not accurate.

An independent study concluded the death toll from Hurricane Maria was almost 3,000.

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico's governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64, following the study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University at the federal government's request.

Trump has been on a tear about the death toll in Puerto Rico for days.

"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico", the president continued. The fake news media, like CNN, have attacked President Trump for disputing the "scientists" who came up with the 3,000 number.

"It's kinda like he was on trial for littering, and he said on the stand, 'I only threw that cup out of my window because I was distracted by the homeless man I ran over".

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"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".

The study found that those deaths could be attributed directly or indirectly to Maria from the time it struck in September 2017 to mid-February of this year.

Trump's latest grumbling on the Maria death toll comes as Tropical Storm Florence inundates the Carolinas, killing at least four people.

In fact, the tweet was so disastrous, it was even pushed back by prominent Republicans - which is a rare sight. He added that it shouldn't be a political issue.

Rivera's figure about power outages didn't mesh with one reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Things were further complicated because I arrived on the island with a cold, which quickly turned into a respiratory infection that landed me in a makeshift emergency room at a San Juan shelter. "It's an isolated island that lost its infrastructure and power for a long time, you couldn't get to people for a long time". "That is just what happened".

DeSantis "doesn't believe any loss of life has been inflated", his campaign said in a statement. The university study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures.

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