Mr Trump tweeted today that Democrats were attacking him "when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico". They then compared this baseline to the actual number of deaths, and voila!
The Puerto Rico report found that an estimated 2,975 deaths could be attributed directly or indirectly to Maria from the time it struck in September 2017 to mid-February of this year.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora expressed frustration Thursday when asked about President Donald Trump downplaying the number of people who died in the aftermath of a hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico one year ago, calling the President's tweets "disrespectful". "If you want people to take your message seriously maybe have higher production quality than a mid-level YouTube star..."
Trump's tweets - which came as a highly unsafe Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas - brought an immediate rebuke from Democrats in Congress. "It was devastated. This was a awful storm", he said.
But on Thursday, Trump clarified his rationale for considering the hurricane response a triumph of disaster management: Hurricane Maria killed (at most) 18 Puerto Ricans - all those other deaths were fabricated by the Democratic Party to make Donald Trump look bad. At the time, the White House did not dispute the numbers.
The president ignited controversy when he tweeted that the approximate 3,000 death toll was inflated by Democrats.
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He focused instead on the effort to support congressional candidates in amping up the crowd. He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County.
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George Washington University stood by its estimate. The upshot was the president claimed the numbers were concocted merely to make him look bad. "You couldn't get to people for a long time on the island because roads were washed out, power was gone and the casualties mounted for a long time", Ryan said.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan and vocal critic of Trump, tweeted her dismay at his latest offensive. Those were not needed during the response phase and were not distributed by the governor of Puerto Rico or FEMA for that reason'.
Gutierrez conceded that "the massive power of the storm was compounded by decades of neglect from Washington", which he said "didn't happen overnight and didn't happen on President Trump's watch". "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".
It's not the first time Mr Trump and Ms Cruz have exchanged taunts on social media, with the San Juan leader having been critical of slow pace of the relief effort by federal authorities at the time of the category-four hurricane.
Stewart was being interviewed Wednesday about Trump's earlier statements that his administration's handling of the hurricane that hit the US territory was "an incredible, unsung success" and "one of the best jobs that's ever been done". The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching. While Cora acknowledged the government helped Puerto Rico, he questioned whether it did enough.