Senate Hopeful Rick Scott Breaks With Trump Over Puerto Rico Deaths

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This is outrageous! The president of the United States accused Democrats of faking the tragedy that took place in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria! Then came Maria and devastation in Puerto Rico, where a slow federal response was complicated by logistical concerns and preexisting economic and infrastructure deficiencies on the island territory. Full power was restored in Puerto Rico following last year's storm only last month.

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted.

Apparently, Donald Trump is convinced 3000 Americans losing their lives because of the natural disaster is nothing but a hoax to make him look bad.

"I really don't know the number of deaths but it is certainly more than 16 whatever the initial reports were".

US President Donald Trump has official figures which state 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's devastating Hurricane Maria, saying the number was invented by political rivals to undercut his image. Trump dismissed the findings Thursday, tweeting: "If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list". "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote.

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They said the study had been commissioned by the Puerto Rico government and was carried out "with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".

At the end of August, the island government raised the official death toll to approximately 2,975 after maintaining for almost a year that 64 people had died as a result of the storm. Throughout the week, the president has repeatedly defended his administration's efforts in Puerto Rico, calling it an "incredible, unsung success" and renewed his verbal spat with Cruz, the San Juan mayor.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan and vocal critic of Trump, tweeted her dismay at his latest offensive. Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?

Cora told reporters he respects Trump, but noted that he doesn't "agree with a lot of stuff he says about us".

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, isn't even a Democrat - he's a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party.

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It's a story I've been working on for weeks, along with several others, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on September 20, 2017.

Stephen Lawson said DeSantis "has always worked to help the Puerto Rican community", and the former congressman representing Volusia and Flagler counties held a House oversight hearing earlier this year to identify deficiencies in the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

Democratic commentator Kirsten Powers agreed, noting that Trump knows his base isn't watching CNN for news.

Rosselló told CNN on Thursday that the Puerto Rican government is "confident" in the results of the study and that he has no reason to believe the estimate was part of an effort by Democrats to undermine the President.

Pilloried for this risible claim, which he made Tuesday, Trump predictably fired back on Thursday. "We try to reach the truth, and we try to understand what is damaging the people in order to prevent disease", he said.

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