Puerto Rico Gov: Maria Victims Should Not Be 'Questioned About Their Pain'

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

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

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico ... as time went by it did not go up by much", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter. As time went by it did not go up by much.

George Washington University researchers are standing by their study that found the death toll following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was 2,975, considerably higher than first thought.

The George Washington University study, requested by the governor of Puerto Rico, examined an unusually long period of time following the storm in an attempt to detect the hurricane's lingering, indirect effects on mortality.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is now running for the US Senate, tweeted: "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand".

Puerto Rican officials have previously blamed mismanagement on Fema, whereas President Trump has said authorities on the island were incompetent. I hate that people that make it a political issue.

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally. We are public health people.

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".

There's growing sentiment that this is the worst tweet by Trump ever. From September 2017 to February 2018, 2,975 people died, according to that study, which was commissioned by Puerto Rico's government.

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"This is what denial following neglect looks like", declared San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz in response to Trump's tweets.

Stewart was being interviewed Wednesday about Trump's earlier statements that his administration's handling of the hurricane that hit the US territory was "an incredible, unsung success" and "one of the best jobs that's ever been done". I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand.

The Republican president went on to accuse Democrats of inflating the death toll to make him look bad, without providing evidence.

We are extremely concerned about the fragile state of Puerto Rico's services, infrastructure, and state of recovery going into the 2018 hurricane season, and can only hope the USA government is better prepared for this week's impending storms, including Hurricane Florence and the tropical storms building in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico didn't restore power across the island until last month, meaning some residents on the island lacked power for almost a year after the hurricane. She said he had no idea what is going on there and that Trump has "no empathy" for anything that doesn't make him look good.

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim", said Sen.

After discussing the political impact of the comment that has largely drawn bipartisan debunking, Mike Barnicle summed it up best "Let's say I am running in the state of MS, you got a good economy".

"This was the worst natural disaster in our modern history", Rossello said".

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