20,000 pallets of bottled water going to waste in Puerto Rico

Stacks upon stacks of bottled water sit near a runway in Ceiba Puerto Rico

After Donald Trump took to his Twitter account on Thursday morning to deny the official death toll from Hurricane Maria, as Inquisitr reported, which slammed into Puerto Rico nearly exactly one year ago, outraged reaction poured in not only on social media, but from politicians and journalists as well, with even one Republican congresswoman slamming Trump for his "warped mind".

Trump continued to cast doubt on the final death toll from Hurricane Maria on Friday, and distorted an academic study that estimated 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico in the months after the storm.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and state of Virginia had been urged to evacuate.

Trump's tweets reiterated remarks he made during a Congressional Medal of Honor event at the White House late Wednesday, when he stressed the safety of the American people is his "absolute highest priority", and that his administration is sparing no expense.

Brock Long, the head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), warned that Florence could "kill a lot of people".

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He wrote: "FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!"

The president also tweeted that he did not believe the new death toll was accurate, and claimed that Democrats were behind the revision. But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, was having none of that Thursday.

"That's the official death toll, you lunatic", the NBC star said, explaining it was an independent study - which you can read right here - commissioned by Puerto Rico.

"Some extra people will have died of old age earlier than they would have if there'd been no hurricane".

"And I gotta say, man, thank you for helping us".

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Still, she said, "I think we're going to stay put", noting her neighborhood's past success in avoiding power outages and flooding. The town of Oriental, North Carolina , got more than 18 inches of rain in just a few hours, while Surf City had 14 inches.


FEMA reports that more than 99 percent of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) and Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) have been restored and that 100 percent of wastewater treatment plants have also been restored.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is in a tough race for re-election this year, appeared to agree with Trump, saying there is "no doubt that there are a number of Democrats that are trying to play politics on hurricanes, and in particular using Puerto Rico as an excuse to attack the president". "He said the first black president wasn't born here, said 3,000,000 voted illegally, said Muslims celebrated on 9/11, and thinks he could get superpowers from staring directly at the sun".

"That's the official death toll, you lunatic!" Cora called Trump's attempt to downplay the deaths caused by Hurricane Maria "disrespectful", according to the Boston Globe. "May God bless the souls of the almost 3,000 Americans that died in Puerto Rico and may he take pity on your soul Mr President".

Puerto Rico's government is run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party.

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