House Speaker Ryan doesn't dispute Puerto Rico death toll

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

Some Puerto Ricans are still without power.

In estimating the "true" death toll, researchers looked at historical data to estimate how many people would have died had the hurricane not hit the island.

The 3,000 figure Trump referenced comes from a study conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Trump had earlier said the reported death tolls from the storm that devastated Puerto Rico were exaggerated, and included older people and others who died.

Levine, who expressed pride over Scott's "humility" in efforts to assist a post-storm Puerto Rico, went on to say he didn't blame the president for the deaths, "but fighting over it now is beneath him". It's time to declare the White House a disaster area and take the appropriate constitutional measures to rescue the republic from Trump's flagrant mismanagement and appalling misconduct.

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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". Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim.

"The study is done by academics, not the Democratic Party", Bacon said.

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". He blamed the Democrats for making up false numbers to make him look "as bad as possible".

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released. It also cautions that "the specific cause of each individual death is not known; thus only an aggregate number of deaths in excess of historical variation can be estimated".

Trump's jarring comments, coming as the East Coast braced for a massive storm, offered fresh evidence of his resistance to criticism and his insistence on viewing large and small events through the prism of his own success or failure.

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a scholarly study that concluded almost 3,000 people were killed a year ago by Hurricane Maria on the island territory of Puerto Rico.

DeSantis rode the president's endorsement to victory in the Republican primary for governor and has been one of the president's biggest backers in attacking the FBI and special counsel investigation into Russia-Trump campaign ties during the 2016 election. "Or should we call it the dead zone?"

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

The revised death count, he continued, "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". I hate that people that make it a political issue.

Puerto Rico has been a USA territory since 1898. It is time to remember all those who lost their lives.

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But in late April, the local Puerto Rican General Services Administration requested the water bottles from FEMA and began giving them out in May.

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