Friday, 21 September, 2018

'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 Donald Trump says Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rico death toll is a ploy to make him “look bad”
Cary Marshall | 14 September, 2018, 14:55

As President Trump touts his administration's readiness for Hurricane Florence, he is taking criticism for questioning the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria. He visited the island in early October to assess the situation. Trump said there were "6 to 18 deaths" shortly after the storm hit Puerto Rico in 2017.

"As time went by it did not go up by much", Trump wrote.

But just after he left Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello updated the death toll to 34, almost doubling it, saying 19 people died as a direct result of the storm and the others died as an indirect result.

Needless to say, the reason the death toll has been revised upward is not because of any conspiracy.

The George Washington University study, requested by the governor of Puerto Rico, examined an unusually long period of time following the storm in an attempt to detect the hurricane's lingering, indirect effects on mortality.

"You can question maybe the methodology, that's fine, but to cast doubt on an entire study because it doesn't suit your political narrative and because you think hundreds of deaths are about you, that dishonors the living and the dead", she said.

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Ryan added: "This was a devastating storm that hit an isolated island and that's really no one's fault".

The island is still suffering power failures and around 60,000 homes still have makeshift roofs. Also, 13 percent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service.

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim". "Subsequently, there have been 11 executive orders issued by Cruz Soto to designate Jaume as interim mayor while she is outside Puerto Rico". Its inhabitants are USA citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Rossello said Maria was "the worst natural disaster in our modern history" and that work remained before the island could move on to other stages of recovery.

"It was one of the best jobs ever done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said Tuesday at a briefing, referring to the Hurricane Maria response.

FILE - Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello speaks during a press conference regarding the number of estimated deaths in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aug. 28, 2018. The study was based on a statistical model that subtracted the number of people who, in theory, should have died over the same time period as Hurricane Maria from the number of people who actually died during that time.

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