Trump tweeted this past week that "3000 people did not die" in Maria and that death count was inflated "by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible", by adding unrelated deaths to the toll from causes like old age. "We work everyday to try to prevent that", Long said on "Face the Nation" Sunday.
The president reiterated the claim days later, insisting that the death toll had risen "like magic", after he had initially been told in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane that the storm had caused "anywhere from six to 18 deaths".
This shows that there is a lack of congressional oversight which is especially striking the serious questions that remain unanswered of the questions about the hurricane which have killed near to 2,975 people, as per researchers at George Washington University.
Asked by NBC for his response to Trump's criticism of the GWU study, Long said, "I don't know why the studies were done".
"In my opinion, what we've got to do is figure out why people die, from direct deaths, which is the wind, the water and the waves" and collapsed buildings, which he probably was that initial tally.More news: North Carolina Governor Warns Residents to be Alert for Florence Flash Floods
The Post then pointed out "The George Washington researchers did not attribute any specific individual's death to Maria", and later that "If researchers had attributed every death on the island to the storm, the six-month death toll from the hurricane would have been more than five times as high". "And what happens is, even in [Hurricane Florence] you might see more deaths indirectly as time goes on because people have heart attacks due to stress, they fall off their house trying to fix their roof, they die in auto crashes because they went through an intersection where the stop lights weren't working".
She said her grandfather was in a medical facility in Puerto Rico and "passed away in the middle of the night" after the storm.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New Castle hammered Trump in a press statement on Thursday, as reported here by Daily Voice, promising to see him in court in a lawsuit filed by Puerto Ricans displaced to NY by Hurricane Maria.
"Well, I think what happened in my family is what happened to thousands of Puerto Ricans", Ocasio-Cortez said. They are children with illnesses. They are our elderly. He's also weathering his own storm stemming from an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general over his use of government vehicles for commuting between North Carolina and Washington.
Long on Sunday denied any misconduct. "I have never made - I would never intentionally violate any rules that I was aware of".