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San Juan Mayor Rips Trump For Denying Death Toll: ‘This Is What Denial Following Neglect Looks Like’

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San Juan Mayor Rips Trump For Denying Death Toll: ‘This Is What Denial Following Neglect Looks Like’





San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz ripped into President Trump on Thursday for claiming without evidence that the death toll as a result of a Hurricane Maria had been inflated by “the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible.”

“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!” Cruz tweeted in response to Trump’s claim that “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico.”

“Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER. You will never take away our self respect. Shame on you!” she added in a subsequent tweet.



“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.

Trump’s baseless claims contradict a recent George Washington University study commissioned by Puerto Rico’s governor examining the effects of Maria in the six months following landfall in September 2017.

“We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.





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