Trump Tweets Out Outdated Death Count for Hurricane Florence

Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria

Trump later added in a second tweet that the larger reported death toll was the work of Democrats attempting to recast the president's successful response to the tragedy.

Most media reporting of that study used the midway figure of 4,645 "excess deaths" - the number of deaths over and above what would be expected for the period from 20 September to 31 December 2017. He falsely claimed the number had been inflated by Democrats "in order to make me look as bad as possible". If you're suggesting that every person who gets sick and dies months after a storm comes through because the infrastructure is inadequate, or medical supplies aren't available, or because they were bitten by a dog who might have been too hungry because he lost his owners in the storm, are directly attributable to the hurricane, then...

When Trump visited Puerto Rico, the death toll at the time was indeed 16 people.

Researchers from George Washington University hired by Puerto Rico's government estimated last month that 2,975 people had died because of Maria in the six months after landfall, a number Puerto Rico accepted as official. An independent study, as many Americans now know, fund that 2975 people died as a result of the two hurricanes that hit the USA island territory.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a frequent critic of Trump, was appalled by his latest message.

"You will never take away our self respect".

Abby Huntsman agreed that Trump's tweets were insensitive, saying the focus should be on what happened in Puerto Rico and not Trump's ego. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, also a native of Puerto Rico, skipped the visit to gather supplies for relief from Hurricane Maria.

"They hired ... GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)".

Even a few of Mr Trump's fellow Republicans have spoken out against him.

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A mandatory evacuation order takes effect Tuesday at noon in eight counties along South Carolina's 187-mile coastline. Hurricane Isaac is moving toward the Caribbean and could make landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane.

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More than 360 people were rescued from the flooding by crews in boats, some flown in from NY and other areas of the US. By Friday evening, the eye of the storm had moved to SC . "WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am.

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor in Florida, slammed Trump's tweet.

The most affected counties include Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Johnston, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, Wake and Wayne.

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. "The loss of any life is tragic".

"I have no reason to dispute those numbers", Ryan told reporters on Thursday. And that's really no one's fault.

Trump touted the federal government's response as "an incredible, unsung success" this week.

A report released this summer by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified deficiencies in the administration's response, including that the agency was not adequately staffed heading into the hurricane season.

"Physician unawareness of appropriate death certification practices. and the government of Puerto Rico's lack of communication about the death certificate process.substantially limited the count of deaths related to María".

But after about 700 pallets had been distributed, complaints began to come in about the water's foul smell and taste, Chavez said in a statement.

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