Trump Denies That Nearly 3,000 People Died in Puerto Rico, Says Dems Inflated Numbers

Trump Denies That Nearly 3,000 People Died in Puerto Rico, Says Dems Inflated Numbers

President Donald Trump is denying his personal authorities’s report that almost 3,000 folks died final yr in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which pummeled the island and left tens of millions with out energy.

Trump took to Twitter on Thursday and dismissed the determine, saying that when he visited the island the dying toll was a lot decrease.

“3000 folks didn’t die in the 2 hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. Once I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, that they had anyplace from 6 to 18 deaths,” he wrote. “As time glided by it didn’t go up by a lot. Then, a very long time later, they began to report actually giant numbers, like 3000.”

The president’s tweets come as Hurricane Florence heads towards the Carolinas, probably dumping 10 trillion gallons of water on North Carolina, CNN stories.

Regarding the storm in Puerto Rico, Trump blamed the Democrats, claiming they inflated the numbers and added individuals who died of outdated ageto the dying toll.

“This was finished by the Democrats in order to make me look as dangerous as doable after I was efficiently elevating Billions of {Dollars} to assist rebuild Puerto Rico. If an individual died for any cause, like outdated age, simply add them onto the listing. Unhealthy politics. I really like Puerto Rico!”

In December, officers stated that solely 64 folks died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria. A report launched in August up to date that quantity to 2,975, 46 instances bigger than the preliminary determine.

Trump was shortly condemned for falsely claiming that the dying toll was a lot decrease.

“It is a flat-out lie,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “The Puerto Rican authorities raised the official dying toll to 2,975 folks after a number of, credible estimates.”

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