Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico rose 'like magic'


President Donald Trump again lashed out about the nearly 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year, questioning the science behind the count even as Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolina coasts.

"FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY!" he tweeted late Friday.

"They say all these people died in the storm in Puerto Rico, yet 70% of power was out before the storm".

As Tropical Storm Florence inundated the Carolinas on Friday, President Donald Trump circled back to his claim that the official death toll from a devastating storm a year earlier in Puerto Rico was inflated and said the number of dead seemed to rise from double digits to 3,000 "like magic".

Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. "What's the point? Honestly, you know?"

Noah and Colbert then went on to explain how the study done by George Washington's Milken Institute School of Public Health, found that 2,975 deaths were a result of the storm and its effects. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. "You couldn't get to people for a long time on the island because roads were washed out, power was gone and the casualties mounted for a long time", Ryan said.

Residents 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. I hate talking about politics and all that. "YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!" she wrote on Twitter before calling Trump delusional and unhinged from reality.

In the Republican Party, the pressure to blindly support President Trump regardless of what he says or does can be intense-especially if a senator or representative is seeking reelection in the 2018 midterms.

In this November 15, 2017 photo, some roofs damaged by Hurricane Maria have awnings installed in El Gandúl neighborhood, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After President Trump visited the island in October, the governor announced the death toll had risen to 34.

"That's the official death toll, you lunatic", Meyers said. And the the federal government's relief effort was riddled with demonstrable failures: Despite receiving advance warning of the hurricane's likely landfall in Puerto Rico, the administration neglected to deploy satellite phones, generators, and reserves of food, fuel, and water in advance of the storm.

FEMA, the agency in charge of coordinating the federal response to Florence, was criticized past year for its handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina with heavy rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the USA southeast.