Trump rejects Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz stands outside of the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria in San Juan

"This was a function of a devastating storm hitting an isolated island, and that is really no one's fault, " Ryan said.

Gidley cited other studies that blamed Maria for fewer than 3,000 deaths on the island.

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

Had the GWU researchers done what Trump claimed they did - attributing any death to Maria - the six-month death toll from the hurricane would have been 16,608.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted early Thursday.

"We've been battling through it", Cora said, via NBC Sports Boston. The death toll study found that the storm was especially deadly for vulnerable populations, such as those living in poorer regions or suffering illness, with a death rate 45% higher for populations living in lower socioeconomic groups.

Sunny Hostin, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was not having it.

The statement Thursday is in response to President Donald Trump's tweet rejecting the study's conclusion.

Cora, 42, a native of Puerto Rico who became Boston's manager this season after a 14-year playing career, said he respects the president, but expressed his displeasure with how the natural disaster had become a "political issue", the Boston Herald reported. "Or should we call it the dead zone?"

Trump's visit to Puerto Rico in October 2017 was defined by the moment he threw paper towels into a crowd of people as aid agencies and journalists warned of a major humanitarian crisis spanning the island of 3.3 million people. From September 2017 to February 2018, 2,975 people died, according to that study, which was commissioned by Puerto Rico's government.

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country".

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello also has criticized Trump for not providing additional federal funds still needed for emergency housing and debris removal.

He says, "the victims of Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico in general, do not deserve to be questioned about their pain". Brock on Thursday said that "if we made mistakes with the way a program was run, then we'll work.to get this corrected". It is time to remember all those who lost their lives.

The death records were provided by the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Records division of the Puerto Rico Department of Health. "Democrats pushed him in front of my vehicle'".

He said it was "not helpful" for either the president or one of his chief critics on the administration's response, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, "to be talking about it in a political way".

President Donald Trump is notorious for making false claims and denying any set of information that makes him look bad - even if it's from his own government.

"Damn it, this is not about politics, this was always about saving lives", she told NBC television. The Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas. If the USA government's response to Hurricane Maria is any indication, we have a long way to go.

While Hostin said she "would never" company anyone to Hitler, she said Trump simply just "did not care enough" in this instance.

Trump's tweets - which came as a highly risky Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas - brought an immediate rebuke from Democrats in Congress.

"When I left the Island, after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump tweeted.

The report came almost a year after a much-maligned visit to Puerto Rico by Trump two weeks after Maria, where he implied that residents should be "proud" that the official death toll at the time was just 16 people, far lower than that of a "real catastrophe, like Katrina".

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