Trump disputes hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico

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President Trump denied the death toll of almost 3,000 from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

On his show Late Night, host Seth Meyers discussed Trump's silly video and his outrageous claims about the death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which was as deadly as the September 11 attacks.

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, threatening to cause substantial damage, Trump disputed the death count from last year's hurricane, despite the government formally raising the death toll from the disaster to 2,975 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University.

President Trump posted several tweets Thursday morning questioning the death tolls reported out of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Last month, it was placed at 2,975 after the government commissioned an independent study by public health experts at George Washington University.

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"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted".

Navarro said Thursday that that was because the president's tweets were politically damaging for those associated with him.

As the United States braces itself for Hurricane Florence, it seems Trump is still determined to make people believe he did a great job during Hurricane Maria.

Infrastructure failures and political confusion appear to have contributed to deaths even months after the storm hit, as GW's study found a lasting spike in mortality rates, especially in poor areas that proved harder to reach in the aftermath of the storm.

That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in a report commissioned by the USA territory's governor, Ricardo Rossello.

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

The Trump tweet generated strong emotions of anger and sorrow.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who publicly pleaded with Trump for a stronger response to the storm, also blasted the president.

As one hurricane comes toward the U.S., President Trump is fighting back criticism over how his administration handled the last major hurricane. He has a golf club in North Carolina and a winery in Virginia, so maybe the American people in those states will get more of the President's help than my fellow Puerto Ricans did.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad, so I have no reason to dispute these numbers", he said Thursday. "I think it's about a country that really suffered", Cora said.

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Across the Southeast, people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes. Store owners said the two biggest sellers have been gas and bottled water, with shelves bare in many stores across the Triangle.

Stephen Lawson said DeSantis "has always worked to help the Puerto Rican community", and the former congressman representing Volusia and Flagler counties held a House oversight hearing earlier this year to identify deficiencies in the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

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