Colbert deconstructs Trump's Puerto Rico death-toll tweets

President Trump speaks to members of the media following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office on Tuesday

President Trump speaks to members of the media following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office on Tuesday

President Donald Trump is circling back to his claim that the death toll from Hurricane Maria a year ago was inflated and says the number rose to 3,000 "like magic".

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised Maria's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted. One thing's for sure, and I told (the media) before, one thing I'm proud, we're standing up on our own two feet.

But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth? "Then, like magic, '3000 PEOPLE KILLED.' They hired..." These activists have not made any attempt to count the actual number of hurricane-related deaths.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora addressed President Donald Trump's comments on Thursday after the President tweeted he doubted the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit past year.

And he did this as Hurricane Florence bore down on the USA on Thursday.

Last month, Rossello accepted the study's conclusion that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the storm's effects.

When Trump visited the island territory last October, officials told him in a briefing that 16 people had died from Maria.

'When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths.

"When was it on Hurricane Maria that the people started [dying], was it when the power went out?"

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Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

It's a story I've been working on for weeks, along with several others, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on September 20, 2017. "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand".

At the same time, the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said he had no reason to dispute the official death toll, while Republican Senator Marco Rubio said tragedy should not be politicised. Trump has said, without evidence, that death total is not accurate.

A defense, with a mistake: While on CNN, Rick Santorum defended the Trump administration's response to Maria, saying that while FEMA plays a big role, the primary responsibility lies with the "country of Puerto Rico".

"What is wrong with the president, and truly, what is wrong with the White House staff that lets him deny the deaths of the people of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria?".

The elderly and impoverished were hardest hit by the hurricane.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it has spent billions of dollars in Puerto Rico, restoring power and helping with property repairs and a massive cleanup.

"He's talking about the one a year ago, because he's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria that decimated Puerto Rico last year, resulting in the death of nearly 3,000 American citizens".

Rossello is a leader of the island's pro-statehood New Progressive Party, which aligns with Republicans, while Cruz is from the Popular Democratic Party, whose members affiliate with the Democratic Party.

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