On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

Two of Florida's top Republicans on Thursday distanced themselves from President Donald Trump's false claim that Hurricane Maria did not kill almost 3,000 people in Puerto Rico previous year, despite an estimate accepted by the island's government.

Trump's Thursday morning tweets focused on a George Washington University study released last month that examined the toll from Hurricane Maria.

Last month, it was placed at 2,975 after the government commissioned an independent study by public health experts at George Washington University. "If you want people to take your message seriously maybe have higher production quality than a mid-level YouTube star..."

"I think these statements make him illegitimate as a president of the United States", she said.

Trump's comments came as Hurricane Florence, a potentially catastrophic storm, headed for the Carolina coast. "It was devastated. This was a frightful storm", he said.

Cora indicated that the Puerto Rican people are continuing their efforts to a return to normalcy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters he has "no reason to dispute those numbers".

The death toll is drawn from multiple scientific studies.

At his weekly news conference today, Ryan said, "Casualties don't make a person look bad".

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"The Coalición de Boricuas en Minnesota was literally started by texting, 'Have you heard from your family?' and we got started trying to do something", Franzen said.

We should note the response to Hurricane Maria was made especially challenging by these one-off factors: It was the third major hurricane of the season, it struck outside the continental USA, and Puerto Rico's electric grid and financial situation was already in disarray.

San Juan mayor and frequent Trump critic Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted in response to the president, "This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

Cora did credit the president for making a visit to Puerto Rico after the storm. "It's just what happened". In an interview on Wednesday, Thomas Bossert, Mr. Trump's former homeland security adviser, conceded that the president's self-congratulation about his handling of the storms in Puerto Rico should have been tempered with compassion.

At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane". The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching.

Puerto Rican officials have previously blamed mismanagement on Fema, whereas President Trump has said authorities on the island were incompetent.

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.

A U.S. government report published this month concluded that the federal response in Puerto Rico was hampered by a lack of trained staff as well as by major logistical challenges. He added that it shouldn't be a political issue.

"I agree I've made mistakes", Rosselló said.

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