Puerto Rican Officials Slam Trump for Claiming Response to Maria Was "Success"

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President Donald Trump made some headlines on Thursday for sending out a pair of tweets disputing reports about the number of casualties in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier.

-Sen. Ed MarkeyIn a pair of tweets, Trump insisted that "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people".

Around 1.7 million people had been ordered to evacuate, airlines cancelled more than 1,000 flights to the area, and up to three million homes and businesses were expected to lose power. Elizabeth Warren of MA that there have been 2,431 applications for funeral assistance from Puerto Rico, as of July 30.

Trump, in a follow up Tweet on Thursday, blamed Democrats for the number, saying it was increased "in order to make me look as bad as possible". "It's just what happened".

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".

Nerybelle Perez holds a picture of her father, World War II veteran Efrain Perez, who died inside an ambulance after being turned away from the largest public hospital when it had no electricity or water, days after Hurricane Maria passed, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, June 7, 2018.

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But Trump said he believes this "was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

We are extremely concerned about the fragile state of Puerto Rico's services, infrastructure, and state of recovery going into the 2018 hurricane season, and can only hope the USA government is better prepared for this week's impending storms, including Hurricane Florence and the tropical storms building in the Caribbean.

Katie Pavlich said there can be valid questions about how death tolls are determined and whether the federal or local government is more responsible, but that's an argument for another time.

President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd in Puerto Rico past year following Hurricane Maria. "The loss of any life is tragic". An "independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. (Ricardo) Rosselló agreed", wrote Scott, who is running for the Senate.

"I still cry. Every time I talk to someone about it, it's still hard for me", Garcia said. The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped, [so did] the Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros, there's a lot of people in the States that are still helping us.

Thursday, Cruz called Trump "delusional, paranoid and unhinged", and said he's "so vain he thinks this is about him". The George Washington University report said the actual number of excess deaths was estimated to be in the range of 2,658 to 3,290.

"I hate that people are making it a political issue".