Guardian: Trump falsely claims Hurricane Maria death toll was made up by Democrats

God help the Carolinas, Trump may be asleep at the switch again

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Donald Trump has falsely claimed that 3,000 people did not die in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, and said the number was made up by the Democratic party “to make me look as bad as possible”.

Despite significant evidence showing nearly 3,000 people were killed in the devastating storm last year, Trump tweeted an extraordinary claim that the official death toll was a political scheme, two days after he was sharply criticised for saying the government had an “unsung success” in its response to Maria.

‘He doesn’t get it’: San Juan mayor criticises Trump’s Hurricane Maria comments – videoPuerto Rico’s government raised the official death toll from 64 people to 2,975 late last month following the publication of new research by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Though the official death toll was changed, reports by other academic institutions and newspapers estimated the death toll was in the thousands as early as December 2017. But Trump contested these findings on Thursday.

A report published in May by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health said up to 4,600 people were killed and an investigation published in December by the Center for Investigative Journalism found the actual death toll exceeded 1,000 people.

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  1. I followed Maria coverage closely, from well before it it, to well after the news crews went home. Early on, it was obvious there would be a high death toll, but it took a few months. 3,000 is about right. People with serious medical conditions that require constant medication, like diabetics, should have evacuated before the storm. It’s an island! That being said, I am also aware that the Feds and the military DID rush in supplies before and after the storm, and the warehouses were FULL of supplies that the Mayor and others did not distribute. She was on TV constantly begging for supplies, yet didn’t bother to go see the Fed’s EOC nearby. I’m Canadian, and I don’t give a damn about Democrat/GOP political fights. What I care about are lives, and this woman is disgusting, as she was and is incompetent at best. At worst, she is someone who deliberately let her own citizens die, because she did not want to work with the feds. In my opinion, she should face criminal charges.

    • Btw, about early evacuations. I am facing this problem personally, again, with Hurricane Florence. I have a family member who has an in-law relative who lives practically on the beach in N Carolina right now. The relative on the beach is in her 20s, and was planning to stay, the last I heard. She is invincible to storm surge, apparently. My response to that, was that if this was my sister or daughter and she refused to go, I would make her go. Go pick her up myself, if necessary. People should not ignore mandatory evacuations. But some do, and that’s why families need to help their own. N. Carolina has a decent shelter system, but it hasn’t faced a serious test. Why would anyone want to be one of the guinea pigs to test it?

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