Alex Cora: Trump's tweets disputing Puerto Rico death count 'disrespectful'
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 16, 2018,
Sep 16, 2018, 18:17
President Donald Trump's false claim of a Democratic plot to inflate the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria drew rebuttals from two of his top GOP allies in Florida and set off a firestorm of condemnation by Democrats and Puerto Ricans.
President Donald Trump again lashed out about the nearly 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, questioning the science behind the count even as Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolina coasts.
"I was there a long time, there was a transformer fire and the power went out, when they started dying then?"
In a latest fit of fury, Trump successfully enraged millions of Americans by claiming the nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by two back-to-back hurricanes were fake news.
Photographer Abdiel Santana, who works for a Puerto Rican police agency, said he first saw the massive stockpile of water on a runway in Ceiba last fall. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!" "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".
An analysis of the Puerto Rico death toll by Washington Post political correspondent Philip Bump slammed the Trump denials as "grotesque", and "obviously untrue".
The governor previously responded to 's remarks about FEMA's success by arguing that the relationship between "a colony and the federal government" could never be successful. That left him with enough phone time to insult Jamie Dimon, the J.P. Morgan Chase CEO who said he could beat Trump in 2020 because he's "smarter than he is".
Trump's comments come as Hurricane Florence, now a category 2 storm, hurtles towards the Carolina coast, threatening millions in its path.
The storm made landfall with winds close to 150 miles per hour on 17 September and plowed a path of destruction across the island, causing property damage estimated at $90 billion (£68.8 billion) and leaving much of the island without electricity for months.