The revised death count, he continued, "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".
The death toll from Maria, the most powerful storm to hit there in nearly a century, was raised last month from 64, a number widely discounted as far too low, to 2,975. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote on Twitter. YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!' she tweeted. Governor Ricardo Rosselló faced constant political challenges over the disparity between the official death toll, released within weeks of the disaster, and what was apparent to most scientific researchers and reporters who investigated deaths. The president, who is Puerto Rico's head of state, added that he "loves Puerto Rico!"
"They died because they didn't have power; they died because they couldn't get their meds", Cassidy said. The study said the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster. I hate talking about politics and all that.
A report earlier this month by the Government Accountability Office described the government as "down to the bottom of the barrel" in staffing by the time Maria hit Puerto Rico, citing a series of other hurricanes and catastrophic wildfires previous year that overwhelmed federal disaster responders.
People online were aghast that the president would somehow blame Democrats for an accurate death toll being reported.
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It was not until last month that electricity was fully restored to the entire island of Puerto Rico, almost a year after the hurricane made landfall.
"I just think if we can keep politics out of it, help those people who are suffering, I just think that's a better response".
In fact, when Air Force One left Puerto Rico, the death toll stood at 45.
With Hurricane Florence set to pummel the East Coast, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to brag about his administration's widely criticized response to last year's Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico.
"We left this analysis to the scientists and experts, recognising that there would be many challenges, because we wanted to have a powerful and independent voice to minimise the uncertainty", he said in a video on Facebook.