Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll rose ‘like magic’


A recent federal report found that almost 3,000 people died in Maria's wake in Puerto Rico, with damages estimated at about $100 billion.

The article at the WaPo turns out to be from Lynn R. Goldman of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, which compiled the death toll of 2,975 "excess deaths" in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. In December, three months after Maria struck Puerto Rico, the official toll climbed to 64. Then, like magic, "3000 PEOPLE KILLED".

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?"

In recent tweets, Donald Trump has questioned the legitimacy of these death toll numbers, accusing Democrats of lying to make him look bad.

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.

Trump is expected to travel to the storm-ravaged region "by early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday.

"When I left the Island, after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweets are not only disrespectful to the lives lost in Puerto Rico; they also assert a well-known trait of the president: no matter the tragedy, everything is always about him. He's the president of the United States but I don't agree with a lot of stuff he says about us, ' he said. This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed.

"I wish he'd paused and expressed that, instead of just focusing on the response success", Bossert said.

"The water was kept in an area that was pretty hard hit during the storm and could have used all the water they could have gotten", Begnaud said in a video report.

"The George Washington University study analyzed the total number of deaths during a six-month period and compared them to historical patterns - without classifying any death as a result of Maria". "It's beyond dispute that our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico did NOT get all the help they needed from the Trump administration in the wake of Hurricane Maria".

As Hurricane Florence is barreling through the Carolinas, Santos-Vasquez said the president did not pay as much attention to Puerto Rico versus the Carolinas.

"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".

As the storm lashed North and South Carolina Friday as a hurricane, FEMA officials warned of the storm's menacing rain.