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As Florence Unleashes Catastrophic Flooding, Trump Claims Puerto Rico Death Toll Rose ‘Like Magic’

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As Florence Unleashes Catastrophic Flooding, Trump Claims Puerto Rico Death Toll Rose ‘Like Magic’




President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday night to repeat his false claim that the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria last year was inflated and says the number rose to 3,000 “like magic.”

Trump tweeted: ‘When Trump visited the island territory last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died from Maria.” The Washington Post. This was long AFTER the hurricane took place. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. Then, like magic, “3000 PEOPLE KILLED.” They hired GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?). This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed. FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER – NO WAY!”



Trump’s latest rant on the Maria death toll comes as Tropical Storm Florence unleashes a potentially catastrophic flood event in the Carolinas, killing at least four people as of Friday evening.

The president on Thursday rejected the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accused Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll from the storm last year to make him “look as bad as possible.”

Public health experts have estimated that nearly 3,000 Americans died because of the effects of Maria.





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