On Thursday, Trump insisted in a pair of tweets that the official death toll was concocted by "Democrats" as part of a conspiracy to "make me look as bad as possible". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000..." he said, apparently in reference to the official tolls that came out months after the storm.
Conducted by George Washington University, the study Trump is attempting to discredit as a Democratic plot was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, which revised its earlier Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 after the study was published in August.
"The fact that the president will not take responsibility for his administration's failures and will not even recognize that thousands have perished shows us, once again, that he is not fit to serve as our president, " Thompson said. He went down there, he did what he did. "But I reject the notion that this was at all connected to any political consideration". Much of the U.S. territory was without power for weeks if not months. Everybody's panicking. It's not easy. We don't know if it was sufficient, that it was enough, I don't know.
"We hope the people in the path of Hurricane Florence manage to adequately prepare for and recover from the storm - and we urge them to take care of each other now and in the aftermath". "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico".
In addition to force of the hurricane itself, many people died because disease and infection due to the lack of electricity and drinkable water on the island. Cora had first-hand knowledge of the storm.
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The study found that those deaths could be attributed directly or indirectly to Maria from the time it struck in September 2017 to mid-February of this year. He added that it shouldn't be a political issue. "This is about human beings".
They extrapolated that data to estimate 4,600 people died as a direct result of the hurricane, including those who were not able to access vital medical treatment.
There has been no evidence to indicate that partisan politics has played a role in the calculation of the death tally, and George Washington University released a statement Thursday that said it stands by its work. 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".
Mr Gutierrez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, was involved in the United States territory's recovery operation.
"We're not where we were".
"That video is like a local news report where the meteorologist called in sick and the sports guy had to fill in at the last moment", Meyers said.