Trump rejects Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico


He later blamed Democrats for the uptick in the death toll.

Trump has previously said his administration's handling of the storms was "an incredible unsung success".

Connolly is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

People online were aghast that the president would somehow blame Democrats for an accurate death toll being reported.

"How stupid, how tone deaf, how surreal, how insensitive, how offensive", Navarro told CNN. "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us". Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one [Florence]. Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim. Not only because it seemed indifferent to Puerto Rican suffering, but also because it is demonstrably false.

There's growing sentiment that this is the worst tweet by Trump ever. That includes deaths as a result of infrastructure failures that came as a result of the hurricane. "Or should we call it the dead zone?"

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital, slammed Trump for the comments nearly immediately.

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released. Trump then boasted about "successfully raising" billions of dollars to rebuild the territory. It was initially said to have killed just 64 people. Brock on Thursday said that "if we made mistakes with the way a program was run, then we'll get this corrected".

The death records were provided by the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Records division of the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

Echoing Cruz's condemnation of Trump's tweets, Democratic lawmakers also expressed outrage that the president would attempt to downplay the number of people who died as a result of a natural disaster and USA government neglect.

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Cruz tweeted Thursday, "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"I think these statements make him illegitimate as a president of the United States", she said.

"Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES".

The feud between Cruz and Trump goes back to when the Category 4 storm hit last September 20.

While the President has frequently praised the government response in the year since the hurricane, others in the administration have acknowledged learned lessons. But Trump hasn't been able to let the matter go.

He claimed the Democrats were behind the figure in order to politically discredit him.

Today's topic? Trump's solipsistic comment on the Puerto Rican fatalities that came as a result of two Hurricanes that hit the U.S. Territory past year.

President Donald Trump has been "overly criticized" for his response to the deadly storm that struck Puerto Rico past year, but neither the president nor his critics should be politicizing the tragedy, Rep. Chris Stewart said.

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".

An independent study found that 2,975 people died in the six months after Hurricane Maria, leading Puerto Rico's governor in late August to raise the official death toll for the disaster.