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Trump Falsely Claims ‘3,000 People Did Not Die’ In Puerto Rico Hurricanes, Says He’s The Real Victim

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Trump Falsely Claims ‘3,000 People Did Not Die’ In Puerto Rico Hurricanes, Says He’s The Real Victim





President Trump on Thursday falsely claimed, without evidence, that “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico” and claimed to be the real victim, accusing Democrats of inflating the death count in order “to make me look bad.”

The stunning accusation comes as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Southeastern U.S.

“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.

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.

The Hill notes:

The long time period was used to determine the hurricane’s lingering effect on deaths on the island. It compared the death rates in the post-hurricane period to other periods not affected by natural disasters.

Puerto Rico’s government endorsed the results of the study once it was released and raised its official death toll, which previously sat at 64. Skeptics believed the number was too low, given that Maria resulted in widespread property damage and destroyed key infrastructure across the island.

“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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