On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

Clay Curtis
September 16, 2018

She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy". "How can we make it so more people die?' You think that was actually happening in the White House?".

Hurricane Maria lashed out on Puerto Rico in late 2017, killing a reported estimate of 3,000 people and depleting this United States of America territory of its resources.

She called Trump's tweet about the death toll shameful, noting that whether the deaths were caused by medical equipment like dialysis machines not working, extreme heat or the spike in suicide rates, they're all directly attributable to the administration's response to the hurricanes.

"Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he continued. He said just six to 18 people had been reported dead when he visited two weeks after the October 2017 storm and suggested that many had been added later "if a person died for any reason, like old age".

Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate, tweeted: "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand".

Another study carried out by Harvard University and published in May estimated the death toll from the hurricane and its aftermath could have been higher than 4,600.

In response, the Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, tweeted: "Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER". "Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico".

Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electricity grid.

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"FEMA put that water out on that airstrip for the objective of getting it out of containers, so that there would be no cost to us and no cost to the taxpayer", he said, echoing comments made by FEMA deputy administrator Daniel Kaniewski on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

While Trump battles the media over his response to Maria, FEMA is briefing Americans on what to expect from Hurricane Florence.

"They hired ... GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)".

'And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us.

Ottmar Chavez, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) in Puerto Rico, said he only became aware of the water bottles on Wednesday. It's not that hurricanes can't kill that many people or more.

"I spent a [sic] 5 days volunteering in Puerto Rico several months after the Hurricanes", Cox wrote.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello also has criticized Trump for not providing additional federal funds still needed for emergency housing and debris removal. The university study included Puerto Ricans who died of the heat, lack of water, lack of power, and other results of the storm; they had not been previously counted in official figures.

The death toll from Maria, the most powerful storm to hit there in nearly a century, was raised last month from 64, a number widely discounted as far too low, to 2,975.

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