Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated by Democrats, claims Trump

Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz stands outside of the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria in San Juan

The death toll in Hurricane Maria is estimated to be almost 3,000, a steep increase from the initial 64.

Cora did credit the president for making a visit to Puerto Rico after the storm.

Trump tweeted this week: 'We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan).

President Trump is defending his administration's response to the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico a year ago, disputing new findings that Hurricane Maria killed far more people than initially believed.

Rossello said Puerto Ricans "do not deserve to have their pain questioned" and backed the study.

Top Republicans broke from Trump's assessment. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers".

"This is a devastating storm that hit an isolated island". I toured the entire island. "It's just what happened".

The unusually high death rate never completely reached the normal level even after six months, the researchers found - a sign of Puerto Rico's continued struggle to deal with the effects of the hurricane. "I'll continue to help PR".

Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration in the aftermath of the storm.

Earlier this week, Trump called the response to Hurricane Maria an "unsung success".

San Juan mayor and frequent Trump critic Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted in response to the president, "This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

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"In a humanitarian crisis, you should not be grading yourself".

"I still cry. Every time I talk to someone about it, it's still hard for me", Garcia said. "We should all have done more", Cruz told CNN's Anderson Cooper later Tuesday evening.

Trump also bragged about his handling of Hurricane Maria previous year and said the death toll has been inflated. "I think it's about a country that really suffered", Cora said.

But politics aside, FEMA says it learned from its shortcomings in responding to Maria and other disasters previous year.

Members of both parties on Capitol Hill disagreed with the president's statements. Trump didn't think it was accurate.

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.

"I spent a [sic] 5 days volunteering in Puerto Rico several months after the Hurricanes", Cox wrote.

It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

A Harvard University study in May said at least 4,645 died.

A USA government report published this month concluded that the federal response in Puerto Rico was hampered by a lack of trained staff as well as by major logistical challenges. "An independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed".

Mr Gutierrez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, was involved in the United States territory's recovery operation. She added: "Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES". Trump then boasted about "successfully raising" billions of dollars to rebuild the territory.

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