Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who is currently running for Senate, broke with President Trump over his false claim that the Puerto Rico hurricane death toll was inflated by Democrats to make him “look bad.”
“The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching,” Scott tweeted.
I disagree with @POTUS– an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching. I'll continue to help PR
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) September 13, 2018
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths,” Trump tweeted, disputing an independent report commissioned by Puerto Rico’s government that raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to 2,975. “As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”
The president said the number was manufactured “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.”
“If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!” he added.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz fired back at Trump’s claims, accusing the president of minimizing the plight of Puerto Rico.
“This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch. YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!” she tweeted.