Colbert fact-checks Trump's 'sickening' Hurricane Maria comments

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The president added, "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".

He also said the Democrats were "trying to make [him] look bad" by reporting the high numbers of deaths.

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, raised the official toll from 64 to 2,975 last month after an independent study found that the number who had died in the chaotic six-month aftermath of the storm had been considerably undercounted.

"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list", said Trump, attempting to dismiss the long-term effects of the disaster, where the island was without electricity and water for months, as the administration struggled to restore power.

When Trump visited in October 2017, two weeks after the storm hit, the death toll at the time was indeed 16 people. As time went by it did not go up by much. "YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!" she wrote on Twitter before calling Trump delusional and unhinged from reality.

This "issue" was not on my radar until one of my kids texted in a family chat: "Is trump off his rocker with this Puerto Rico death toll stuff?"

"I understand the president's frustration in the sense that he has worked very hard to help Puerto Rico. that the effort to help them has been herculean", Francis said.

'You have people who died after the storm passed because they fell off their roof making repairs, they died in auto crashes because the stoplights were off, you have chainsaw accidents, you have accidents with people cleaning up debris, ' he said.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted to the president on Thursday: "Shame on you", including a picture of his tweet. But I think this is more than politics.

Trump disputed the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, denying that 3,000 people died on the island.

Photos of dozens of pallets of bottled water sitting on the runway emerged this week and raised fresh questions about the federal government's handling in the aftermath of Maria, which devastated the island and was responsible for almost 3,000 deaths. A US territory since 1898, Puerto Rico's inhabitants are citizens, though they can not vote in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers. Carlson started by asking him about comments he made regarding Russian Federation, and Avenatti said Trump should "not be standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and choosing Russian Federation over the hardworking men and women of the intelligence community that risk their lives for this country".

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