'Incredibly Distasteful': 'Outnumbered' on Trump Casting Doubt on Hurricane Maria Death Toll

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

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago was raised by Democrats to make him look bad. The goal? To make him look bad, of course!

Researchers at George Washington University determined last month that Hurricane Maria alone resulted in 2,975 "excess deaths" in Puerto Rico. "It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response". "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote.

While Trump battles the media over his response to Maria, FEMA is briefing Americans on what to expect from Hurricane Florence.

'This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch. She called the comments part of Trump's "theater of the absurd".

This "issue" was not on my radar until one of my kids texted in a family chat: "Is trump off his rocker with this Puerto Rico death toll stuff?"

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is in a tough race for re-election this year, appeared to agree with Trump, saying there is "no doubt that there are a number of Democrats that are trying to play politics on hurricanes, and in particular using Puerto Rico as an excuse to attack the president". "A true leader would offer his condolences to the people of Puerto Rico, a true leader would offer his condolences to United States citizens and vow to never let something like that happen again".

Below is a list of studies that have estimated the death toll there.

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If the new figures are accurate, Hurricane Maria is the deadliest storm to have hit Puerto Rico since the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane.

Trump visited the island on October 3, when the death toll was listed at 16, and he congratulated the island on avoiding "a real catastrophe like Katrina".

The emergency response to Maria became highly politicized as the Trump administration was criticised as being slow to recognise the extent of the devastation and too sluggish in providing disaster relief to Puerto Rico, an island of more than 3 million residents. Not only because it seemed indifferent to Puerto Rican suffering, but also because it is demonstrably false.

Photos of dozens of pallets of bottled water sitting on the runway emerged this week and raised fresh questions about the federal government's handling in the aftermath of Maria, which devastated the island and was responsible for almost 3,000 deaths.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump over the USA government's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, even as 12 million bottles of water were discovered this week rotting on an airport runway in Puerto Rico.

No one suggests that Trump was primarily responsible for the deaths in Puerto Rico. "How can we make it so more people die?' You think that was actually happening in the White House?"

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