3,000 dead, but Trump hails Hurricane Maria response as ‘unsung success’

3,000 dead, but Trump hails Hurricane Maria response as ‘unsung success’

3,000 dead, but Trump hails Hurricane Maria response as ‘unsung success’

"Nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria".

"As time went by it did not go up by much", Trump wrote.

This is an issue, Meyers said, because Trump is "the president. I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible unsung success", Trump said.

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the USA territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975. He accused Democrats of making up "really large numbers" of deaths to make him "look as bad as possible".

Trump on Tuesday, when confronted with the massive spike in the death told, told reporters he thought the US response was successful. The study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures.

"Nobody is singing his praises because we all saw what happened", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told The Associated Press.

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially inflated by adding those who passed away from natural causes such as old age. And the problem with Puerto Rico is their electric grid and their electric-generating plant was dead before the storms ever hit.

"The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous", he continued.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the federal government would spare no expense in responding to the likely damage from Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to slam the Carolina coast later this week.

Per CNN, the higher figure is "based on the findings of researchers from George Washington University in a study commissioned by the United States commonwealth's government".

All told, about 1,800 people died in that 2005 storm. "This translated into an inadequate indicator for monitoring mortality in the hurricane's aftermath".

For many, Trump's boast about "one of the best jobs that's ever been done" was hard to square with their daily reality: Blackouts remain common; almost 60,000 homes are covered by only a makeshift roof not capable of withstanding a Category 1 hurricane; and 13 per cent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service.

The fact that Puerto Rico is an island complicates the response, and its poor fiscal health, as noted by Mr. Trump, were also factors that bear mention.

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