Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Trump claims ‘3000 people did not die’ in Puerto Rico hurricanes

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday mocked President Donald Trump's claim that Maria's death toll climbed long after rain stopped
Patty Aguilar | 16 September, 2018, 09:59

This is what is going on: Some "scientists"-read anti-Trump Democratic Party activists-constructed a theoretical baseline of how many deaths would be expected to occur in Puerto Rico during the months after Hurricane Maria".

A recent federal report found that almost 3,000 people died in Maria's wake in Puerto Rico, with damages estimated at about $100 billion.

A year after Maria roared across the Caribbean, reporters for The Associated Press, the news site Quartz and Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism have put together the most detailed portrait yet of the agonizing final days of victims of the storm, interviewing 204 families of the dead and reviewing the accounts of 283 more to tell the stories of heretofore anonymous victims.

She called Trump's tweet about the death toll shameful, noting that whether the deaths were caused by medical equipment like dialysis machines not working, extreme heat or the spike in suicide rates, they're all directly attributable to the administration's response to the hurricanes.

"I was there a long time, there was a transformer fire and the power went out, when they started dying then?"

"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", Trump continued.

While some Republican lawmakers have distanced themselves from the president's comments on Puerto Rico and the death toll, others say they understand his frustration with lingering criticism.

Below is a list of studies that have estimated the death toll there. "Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico".

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He said Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "is confident in the leadership at FEMA and their proven disaster management ability", he said. During the question and answer session Long was asked if he thought all the laws and practices were followed.

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On Wednesday, Nia Watson, a local news reporter for WMBF, tweeted that the Myrtle Beach Waffle House had closed for the storm. This doesn't just show FEMA how quickly a business might rebound, it also shows it how the larger community is doing.

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As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC , the National Hurricane Center said. In New Bern, the risky conditions prompted officials in the coastal city to place the city under 24-hour curfew at 7 a.m.

DeSantis and Scott have taken pains to court the Puerto Rican vote, with Florida's outgoing governor having visited the island seven times since Hurricane Maria made landfall. "I trust that this process was carried out properly", he said.

As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration's response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the us territory last September.

Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER. While Cora acknowledged the government helped Puerto Rico, he questioned whether it did enough. "A true leader would offer his condolences to the people of Puerto Rico, a true leader would offer his condolences to United States citizens and vow to never let something like that happen again".

Cora said Trump's words were "disrespectful" to his home.

'You know, 3,000, 6, 18, I don't know.

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the US territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.

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. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CBS New York on Thursday that he was a Democrat but stressed that the government sought the study and said it "tried to make this process a completely independent process".

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