Ryan: 'No Reason' to Dispute Puerto Rico Death Toll Challenged by Trump

Ryan: 'No Reason' to Dispute Puerto Rico Death Toll Challenged by Trump

President Trump said 3,000 people "did not die" due to hurricanes in Puerto Rico previous year - then blamed the Democrats for releasing numbers that he called misleading.

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a terrible hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet. As time went by it did not go up by much. That figure was then compared to the number of deaths reported from September 2017, when the hurricane hit, to February 2018, when the island still struggled with blackouts and a shortages of essential supplies on the road to recovery.

Two weeks ago, the death toll from September 2017's Hurricane Maria was increased to more than 46 times the previous official government tally.

As the southeastern US coastal states now face a looming threat from fast-approaching Hurricane Florence, Trump has for days revisited the USA government's performance in handling the aftermath of Maria's stunning blow to Puerto Rico and other hurricanes that hit the US mainland a year ago. You should never be content with everything we did. She said he had no idea what is going on there and that Trump has "no empathy" for anything that doesn't make him look good.

Trump's comments came as Hurricane Florence, a potentially catastrophic storm, headed for the Carolina coast.

"It's a function of, this was a devastating storm that hit an isolated island", he said.




He also said that "the victims nor the people of Puerto Rico deserve to have their pain questioned". At the time, the White House did not dispute the numbers.

After his tweets, Democrats accused Trump of minimising the death toll for callous political reasons. When Fox News finally mentioned Trump's statements, Fox reporter Jacqui Heinrich did not read the text of his denials, but instead stated only that Trump was "firing back on Twitter over his response to Puerto Rico, saying that Democrats are trying to make him look bad". And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us. As a result, the agency didn't have almost enough supplies or qualified staff to send to Puerto Rico. "It's just what happened".

However, the report says, "the Government of Puerto Rico does not have control over the federal land" and was unable to get to the water. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. We don't know if it was sufficient, that it was enough, I don't know. "The loss of any life is tragic". He added: "Casualties don't make a person look bad". An "independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. (Ricardo) Rosselló agreed", wrote Scott, who is running for the Senate.

A community advocate estimated that around 115 families from Puerto Rico have relocated to Minnesota.

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.

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