President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the widely accepted conclusion that almost 3,000 died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.
With a monster hurricane spinning towards the east coast, President Donald Trump took a moment during a briefing on Tuesday to herald the terrible, delayed response to 2017's Hurricane Maria as an "unsung success," sparking outrage online.
Puerto Rico now says 2,975 people died on the island because of the storm.
"As time went by it did not go up by much", Trump wrote. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list.
Ottmar Chavez, now administrator of Puerto Rico's General Services Administration, said FEMA reported that it had about 20,000 pallets of bottled water in excess in May this year, before Chavez was appointed.More news: WC recorded most gang-related murders, crime stats reveal
CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that Trump is "Apparently of the belief that the death toll is about him and not about approximately 3,000 dead American citizens".
None of that is true, Meyers said, including the part about Puerto Rico being inaccessible ("There's a Jet Blue flight there every half hour", he noted), but it's not surprising that Trump is having a hard time calming people down because he is so freaked out over Bob Woodward's new book, Fear.
"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. "You did not do a good job in Puerto Rico".
The president praised the response to the series of storms that battered the United States previous year, saying, "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success". "If you're in Florence's path and considering riding it out, your president just said that a hurricane response where 3,000 die is his measure of success".
The president, criticizing Puerto Rico for having aging infrastructure before the storm that exacerbated problems with the energy grid, added that "we've gotten a lot of receptivity, a lot of thanks for the job we've done in Puerto Rico".
"The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and un-American".