Trump on Hurricane Maria

Massive stockpile of water has sat undistributed on Puerto Rican tarmac for almost a year

Massive stockpile of water has sat undistributed on Puerto Rican tarmac for almost a year

Almost 3,000 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Maria, making it the second-deadliest storm in the US.

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.

They're counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed.

Puerto Rico's governor raised the United States territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who died in the aftermath had been severely under-counted. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers".

Trump made headlines during last year's visit after he told people at an emergency shelter to "have a good time" just hours after many of them lost their homes and loved ones.

Gerald Herbert/APResidents line up gas cans as they wait for a gas truck to service an empty gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico, September 24, 2017.

Hostin blamed the Jones Act, saying it allowed the USA 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 US territory.

On Wednesday, Puerto Rican officials said about 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to Puerto Rico after Maria went unused and became too contaminated to drink.

"Trump resurfaced the debate this week when he boasted about his administration's response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico".

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President Donald Trump is notorious for making false claims and denying any set of information that makes him look bad - even if it's from his own government.

"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 Trump suggested Friday that it was questionable that the Puerto Rican government commissioned the study from an outside group.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CBS New York on Thursday that the government had sought the study and "tried to make this process a completely independent process". Researchers used what they called a "state-of-the-art mathematical model", which Trump misrepresented - wrongly saying the study counted deaths "for any reason, like old age".

"The idea that a year after the fact we're complaining - look, we've gone back in and done a really pretty incredible job of trying to rebuild", said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), noting the island's infrastructure was in poor shape before the hurricane.

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

"I don't think that's fair", said Huntsman, who added she also didn't think it was fair to compare Trump's action's to those of a dictator, something that was mentioned on the previous day's show.

The report from the "Washington Post" claims Trump is fixated on how he is portrayed regarding the response to Hurricane Maria.

"This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch".

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