Trump declares himself victim in Hurricane Maria death toll

Tanya Cunningham
September 14, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan disagreed Thursday with President Donald Trump's assertion that the death toll from last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico was inflated.

The report came almost a year after a much-maligned visit to Puerto Rico by Trump two weeks after Maria, where he implied that residents should be "proud" that the official death toll at the time was just 16 people, far lower than that of a "real catastrophe, like Katrina". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he said in a tweet Thursday morning as Carolinians prepared to be pummeled by Hurricane Florence.

Trump visited Puerto Rico on October 3 of a year ago, when the death toll was estimated to be 16, comparing the storm favorably to Katrina saying "Sixteen versus in the thousands".

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. "We see it that way". He went down there, he did what he did. I'm not content with everything I did, I should have done more. Everybody's panicking. It's not easy. "We should be honoring the dead and their families - not attacking them". Yeah, we do. We know that.

Florence was to be the first major test of FEMA since its response to the Puerto Rico disaster, which was widely criticised.

In addition to force of the hurricane itself, many people died because disease and infection due to the lack of electricity and drinkable water on the island. Cora had first-hand knowledge of the storm. He added that "casualties don't make a person look bad". He said it was "about human beings". The study concluded the number of people who died in the months that followed the storm, because of its effects, had been underestimated.

The elderly and impoverished were hardest hit by the hurricane.

The researchers estimated the number of excess deaths by analyzing death certificates and other mortality data, and comparing the number of deaths during the designated period to past mortality patterns.

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally.

"We're not where we were. We're not able to say that now", Goldman told CNN late last month. "Just you know, how wrong, in every single way". What's the point, honestly? And I respect him. Unemployment is down and the future looks brighter than today does and all of a sudden the president of the United States proves once again that he's a very small man.

Hostin blamed the Jones Act, saying it allowed the US government to "pillage and rape" the island since its inception in 1920, before asking why Trump didn't have an equal reaction to Maria as President Obama did to Haiti, which isn't even a USA territory.

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