Trump claims 3,000 ‘did not die’ in Puerto Rico, blames Democrats

Nearly 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump denied this reality as a hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas.

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. 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.

Earlier this month, the island’s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University. CNN’s own reporting reflects similar numbers. The university study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures. Much of the US territory was without power for weeks.

In a second tweet Thursday, Trump cast blame on Democrats, who he said are trying to make him look bad.

“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!” he wrote.

The study was commissioned by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, a member of Puerto Rico’s “New Progressive Party.” It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

There has been no evidence to indicate that partisan politics has played a role in the calculation of the death tally.

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15 comments

  • C

    I’d sooner trust Trump’s number as being much closer than that flaming, Trump hating Democrat governor. She’s the same woman whose government left about 20,000 pallets of bottled water delivered by the GSA sitting on a runway while residents had little or nothing to drink after the hurricane.

      • C

        You’re right. I’m living proof that sometimes even a two-fingered typist can outrun his thoughts. The governor is fairly sane. It’s the mayor of San Juan that’s the unhinged nut job.

  • J,B,

    Yeah…
    Them democrats they never lie or fudge numbers or exploit natural disasters or terrorist attacks .etc for political gain and spin now do they?

    • J,B,

      A better obvious data point to pay attention to.
      is “why to never vote for a democrat”
      Just look at this Puerto Rico mess,
      A generational bastion of liberal democrat leadership and how well it will serve “you” when the S hits the F..
      Also…see Chicago.

  • Wings

    Here we go again, #45 shooting his mouth off. #45, please stop the lies. #45 can not even cover for all the lies he has told.
    Please#45, just resign for we can make this country great again with out you as you have destroyed it in less than two years.

    • LoveTheUSA

      I am pleased to let you have your opinion.
      Here is my opinion, and obviously that of the electoral college, you know the way a president is elected. We love President Trump, he is doing an awesome job, and most of the country supports him and the wonderful achievements he as produced, in spite of the losing party’s coup attempts, and obstructionist agenda.
      MAGA!

        • Unity

          I hear ya!
          If we do not get these liberals off of the drugs, they are never going to live an enjoyable life. So much anger, it must come from the substance abuse. I am sure that as soon as President Trump, gets the wall built, and stops the flow of evil drugs that come with the criminals taking advantage of the lack of secure border, then he can get some of these crack heads out of the democrat occupied seats, and get some stuff fixed up.
          He is indeed doing a great job, even a crackhead can see that!

  • Bud

    Try reading the article from the link below and look at the numbers that were generated by multiple organizations. Out of five different organizations, the highest estimate of the dead was 1,194 – then suddenly the estimate jumps by a factor of three The NYTimes and the universities that came up with the estimates are not Trump supporters. Use some common sense and you will conclude that President Trump is closer to the truth.
    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/13/fact-check-trump-is-right-critics-are-manipulating-puerto-rico-death-toll-estimate-hurricane-maria/

    • C

      Bud, telling them to use common sense is a waste of time. They’re incapable of using something they don’t have. With them, common sense isn’t uncommon. It’s nonexistent.

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