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Senate Hopeful Rick Scott Breaks With Trump Over Puerto Rico Deaths

14 September 2018

Trump's tweet came as Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolina coast.

'When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by, it did not go up by that much.

"I really don't know the number of deaths but it is certainly more than 16 whatever the initial reports were".

Tapper then pointed out that Trump's tweet attacking the number of people who died in Puerto Rico actually prompted renewed talk about the death toll being higher than Hurricane Katrina. Puerto Rico upped its official estimate to 1,427 in a July draft report. Also, 13 percent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service.

The death toll study was commissioned by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, a member of Puerto Rico's "New Progressive Party".

A spokesman for former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the Florida GOP primary for governor with Trump's support, said the congressman did not agree with Trump's tweets. "And over at Fox News Puerto Rico never happened", she said".

About the new death toll from Hurricane Maria released by the Puerto Rican government in August.

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Echoing Cruz's condemnation of Trump's tweets, Democratic lawmakers also expressed outrage that the president would attempt to downplay the number of people who died as a result of a natural disaster and United States government neglect.

In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid.

Some Republicans joined the chorus of criticism.

Ryan denies the figure reflects poorly on Trump, saying, "casualties don't make a person look bad". "I have no reason to dispute these numbers". In response, representatives from the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health said they stand by their science, and "are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".

Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electricity grid.

Nelson also weighed in, calling Trump's contention "shameful".

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When a reporter asked Trump about Maria in the Oval Office, he swiftly unleashed fact-challenged defense of his response to the hurricane.

"The official count, as I understand it, is 3,000 people died as a result of that hurricane". He told one adviser that he felt that he media "would stop at nothing" to undermine him and blamed local authorities for their inept response. Cruz had earlier described the federal disaster response in the U.S. territory a "despicable act of neglect". "Donald Trump today desecrated the thousands of Puerto Ricans who died in Hurricane Maria", he said.

Trump has previously said his administration's handling of the storms was "an incredible unsung success".

Hurricane Maria hit a year ago as the Trump administration was feeling positive about the handling of massive hurricanes in Florida and Texas.

Do you believe in the importance of a free and independent press? Three weeks after Maria, a HuffPost producer, a cameraman and I traveled to Puerto Rico and experienced a glimpse of what life was like there for millions after the storm.

With his comments on Thursday, Trump didn't just kick a hornets nest - instead, he bludgeoned it with a barbed-wire baseball bat and outrage exploded across Twitter.

Rubio noted that the mainland FEMA recovery model doesn't work on islands and that it took too long for U.S. Department of Defense to take control due to resistance from Washington and the Puerto Rican government.

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Gutierrez says, "Even though the president dropped the ball he is now doing a victory dance in the end zone".

Senate Hopeful Rick Scott Breaks With Trump Over Puerto Rico Deaths