Colbert fact-checks Trump's 'sickening' Hurricane Maria comments

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is rejecting President Donald Trump's assertion an official government death toll for last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico is wrong.

Nerybelle Perez holds a picture of her father, World War II veteran Efrain Perez, who died inside an ambulance after being turned away from the largest public hospital when it had no electricity or water, days after Hurricane Maria passed, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, June 7, 2018.

"Our results show that Hurricane Maria was a very deadly storm, one that affected the entire island but hit the poor and the elderly the hardest", the statement read. As time went by it did not go up by much.

Mr Trump said people who died for any reason - "like old age" - had been added to the total. "I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics", Cora said.

Flattened homes on the island of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Ricardo Rossello, Puerto Rico's governor who aligns with Republicans, said: "It is time to remember all those who lost their lives". "This situation what happened in Puerto Rico, it's far more complicated and its not the president saying I want this to be a disaster for everyone". "The loss of any life is tragic". Let's do better. But I don't think it helps to just point fingers at the president or the mayor.

"During our broader study, we found that many physicians were not oriented in the appropriate certification protocol", according to the report from the researchers at GWU.

Rossello, seized on Trump's use of the word "successful" and said in a statement at the time: "No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called "successful" because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states".

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There is no indication Trump raised "billions" to help rebuild the island and the government's Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) has said its response was strained after responding to two other major hurricanes weeks before Maria. Patt Kessler's Reality Check takes us through the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

In fact, when Air Force One left Puerto Rico, the death toll stood at 45.

Its inhabitants are USA citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Cora, who was born in Puerto Rico, took issue with those comments.

President Donald Trump began the morning claiming that the numbers were made up, "fake news" and politically motivated. "That doesn't mean you caused it, and it's not about you".

"Here's a response I could respect: 'every death related, directly or indirectly, to a massive and destructive disaster, is a tragedy, ' " Levine tweeted.

Rubio also sent out a series of tweets explaining that the early response to Maria "wasn't good, but not because the Fed Govt. didn't care".

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