Trump Says Democrats Inflated Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria

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As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration's response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the U.S. territory last September. 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". YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!' she tweeted. The goal? To make him look bad, of course!

In a tweet, Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the storms. Mr. Trump said the higher Estimates "were done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible".

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. The fake news media, like CNN, have attacked President Trump for disputing the "scientists" who came up with the 3,000 number.

"Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

Trump's handling of the damage Hurricane Maria caused was widely criticized, despite his efforts to paint his response to the storm as a success.

People online were aghast that the president would somehow blame Democrats for an accurate death toll being reported.

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, raised the official toll from 64 to 2,975 last month after an independent study found that the number who had died in the chaotic six-month aftermath of the storm had been considerably undercounted.

The researchers estimated the number of excess deaths by analyzing death certificates and other mortality data, and comparing the number of deaths during the designated period to past mortality patterns. The new report looks at how power outages and medical infrastructure also impacted lives and led to deaths on the stricken island. It also followed hard on a study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government that showed the death toll from Maria was close to 3,000.

State and local officials are responsible for establishing death tolls, not the federal government.

President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd as he hands out supplies at Calvary Chapel, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in October.

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina with heavy rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the USA southeast.

Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate, tweeted: "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand".