Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert Respond To Donald Trump’s Claims About Puerto Rico

Larry Hoffman
September 17, 2018

By some reports, Hurricane Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico was over 5,740, nearly 90 times higher than the government's official count of 64.

Cora's comments came as the US braces for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to cause heavy damage as it slams into the Carolinas this week. According to him, a total number of 16,601 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricanes that hit the islands. Trump said there were "6 to 18 deaths" shortly after the storm hit Puerto Rico in 2017.

The mayor of Ceiba, Angel Cruz Ramos, told CNN he's grateful for the generosity, but believes that too much water was delivered at the wrong time.

"Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers like 3,000", Trump wrote.

WASHINGTON-President Trump on Thursday denied Hurricane Maria caused 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico, falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the toll to "make me look as bad as possible". Researchers used what they called a "state-of-the-art mathematical model", which Trump misrepresented - wrongly saying the study counted deaths "for any reason, like old age".

Rick Scott, who is trying to take Democratic Sen.

Connolly says that in light of Hurricane Florence reaching the Carolinas, the president should be focused on marshalling all resources to respond to a potential catastrophic storm.

"@realDonaldTrump prefers his "alternative facts" to the tragedy faced by families of the lost". She also tweeted, "Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES". That neglect, she said, led to a breakdown in communication during last year's storm, which killed almost 3,000 people and devastated the island. "Your botched response did". He also called out his GOP colleagues. "If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy", Mayor Carmen Cruz said.

The statement Thursday is in response to President Donald Trump's tweet rejecting the study's conclusion. "Shame on him, and shame on this Congress for not holding him and his Administration accountable for their role in these tragic and preventable deaths".

"You can question maybe the methodology, that's fine, but to cast doubt on an entire study because it doesn't suit your political narrative and because you think hundreds of deaths are about you, that dishonours the living and the dead", she said.

"I don't want to comment on what the president said", said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who went on to ask why estimates of the dead had sharply increased over the previous year.

Trump's anger over the death toll drew swift rebukes from elected officials and residents of the island, where blackouts remain common, 60,000 homes still have makeshift roofs and 13 percent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service.

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