Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

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As far as Trump's response is concerned, the most lasting image of his involvement with Hurricane Maria will be the time he visited Puerto Rico and threw rolls of paper towels to survivors. He also said he was still waiting for Trump to respond to a petition to help Puerto Rico complete work on emergency housing restoration programs and debris removal. "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", the president said. And the problem with Puerto Rico is their electric grid and their electric-generating plant was dead before the storms ever hit.

"Puerto Rico got hit not with one hurricane, but with two".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office meeting on hurricane preparations for Hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018.

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released.

The George Washington University study, requested by the governor of Puerto Rico, examined an unusually long period of time following the storm in an attempt to detect the hurricane's lingering, indirect effects on mortality.

All told, about 1,800 people died in that 2005 storm.

"I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done", he said.

"I ignore them because none of them make sense", said Michelle Cruz, a 48-year-old airline worker whose mother died in December from septicemia after contracting an infection in a hospital during surgery after Maria.

President Donald Trump continued to insist Wednesday that his administration did a "great job" in responding to Hurricane Maria, which left almost 3,000 people dead, as Hurricane Florence rolls toward the Carolina coast.

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, appears far from incompetent, but in October of a year ago, a poll found just 32 percent of Americans thought Trump did a good job responding to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

Federal officials initially indicated the pallets were stored in a warehouse, not outside, Héctor M Pesquera, secretary of Puerto Rico's Department of Public Security, said in a statement.

"And so we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward".

"Puerto Rico was very important". "Our basic infrastructure was devastated, thousands of our people lost their lives and many others still struggle".

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