Donald Trump Just Compared Scientific Research To 'Magic'

Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria

As Florence approached the Carolinas on Thursday morning, Trump's frustrations over persistent Maria criticism boiled over on Twitter, where he floated a new conspiracy about the updated death toll: "This was done by Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible".

Trump tweeted the estimated death toll, provided by the Puerto Rican governor's office and based on the findings of an independent study, erroneously counted deaths from old age in the number of clear casualties of the hurricane. He said the latest figure was more accurate and stressed that every death in the six months following the storm was not attributed to the hurricane.

Trump said the numbers of the dead were inflated by Democrats to criticize him. "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED'". FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!The George Washington University study Puerto Rico commissioned - after many months of public complaints that casualties from the storm had been under-counted - compared the total number of deaths in the months following Hurricane Maria with historical patterns and demographic trends.

After President Trump disputed the official government death toll in Puerto Rico left by Hurricane Maria, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora called the remarks "disrespectful" and said it was frustrating that accounts of devastation on the island continue to be debated.

Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Hurricane Maria.

The water was believed to be part of relief efforts after Hurricane Maria wrought devastation on the U.S. territory last September. As reporters noted, Donald Trump appeared indifferent to the tragedy, praising Puerto Rico's weather and downplaying the death toll. He's the president of the United States but I don't agree with a lot of stuff he says about us, ' he said. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs, his campaign's Puerto Rico outreach chair.

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The team, which worked independently of the Puerto Rican government, looked at death certificates, spoke to funeral home directors and interviewed doctors, health officials, hospital directors and forensic pathologists to reach their conclusion.

"I agree I've made mistakes", Rosselló said.

Trump's comments come as Hurricane Florence, now a category 2 storm, hurtles towards the Carolina coast, threatening millions in its path.

Trump said the number of deaths when he visited Puerto Rico after the storm was "from 6 to 18", even though news outlets were already reporting dozens, if not hundreds, of additional casualties that were likely uncounted. Numerous deaths were attributed to power failures and a lack of access to healthcare and clean water, according to a study from the George Washington University.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added. I don't know. We will never know how many, how many we lost.

A photographer said Tuesday that a stockpile of bottled water he saw on a tarmac in Puerto Rico a year ago was still there during a recent trip.

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