Trump Denies Revised Death Toll in Puerto Rico...Cue the Outrage

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The number of dead in Hurricane Maria was raised from 64 to 2,975 by Puerto Rico's governor last month after an independent study assessed that there had been an undercount of people who had died in the aftermath.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it has spent billions of dollars in Puerto Rico, restoring power and helping with property repairs and a massive cleanup. Numerous deaths were attributed to power failures and a lack of access to healthcare and clean water, according to a study from the George Washington University.

In Florida, which was badly hit by Hurricane Irma previous year and which received thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation of their homes, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis - who has built his campaign around his adherence to Trump's politics - tried to distance himself from the president's words. Privately, some White House officials were exasperated with the president's focus on Puerto Rico at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas and other coastal areas. Cora called Trump's attempt to downplay the deaths caused by Hurricane Maria "disrespectful", according to the Boston Globe.

Some blamed the media.

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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"It might be a new low", she said.

Cora indicated that the Puerto Rican people are continuing their efforts to a return to normalcy. "This situation what happened in Puerto Rico, it's far more complicated and its not the president saying I want this to be a disaster for everyone".

Trump's rhetoric on Maria has been persistent in the last two days.

No one would use such a foolish methodology except for political reasons. He said it was "about human beings".

The US federal government's response to Hurricane Maria has come under fresh scrutiny this week.

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Puerto Rico has been a USA territory since 1898.

How did they get their figure?

Rossello said Maria was "the worst natural disaster in our modern history" and that work remained before the island could move on to other stages of recovery.

It was the second time this week that the president had made outlandish claims about Puerto Rico, which also engendered a furious response. Sen.

Trump, who has struggled to express public empathy at times of national crises, sparked outrage during his post-Maria visit when he feuded with San Juan mayor and passed out paper towels to victims like he was shooting baskets. "How is the hurricane now treated so differently, but the hurricane in Puerto Rico wasn't?" said Santos-Vasquez.

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In a pair of tweets late Friday, Trump first quoted a Washington Post story, which recounted that he had been told only 16 people had died in the storm when he visited the island last September, shortly after Maria made landfall.

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