Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll in P.R. rose 'like magic'

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed Puerto Rico's official death toll of 3,000 from hurricanes past year and accused Democrats of inflating the figure that was reached in an independent academic study.

Conducted by George Washington University, the study Trump is attempting to discredit as a Democratic plot was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, which revised its earlier Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 after the study was published in August.

Trump tweeted at 7:05 p.m. Friday, about four hours after the first reported deaths from Florence were announced, that he visited Puerto Rico last October and was told by officials on the island that 16 people had died. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he wrote.

"I can't really comment because I don't know anything about it", Hatch said outside of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to consider Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

"I don't think that's fair", said Huntsman, who added she also didn't think it was fair to compare Trump's action's to those of a dictator, something that was mentioned on the previous day's show.

However, that figure wasn't good enough for U.S. President Donald Trump. "At least I can stay here and work", Fernandez, 28, said in Spanish as she held Adrian outside a motel in Orlando's tourist district.

Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria". "But you know it's a little bit kind of like frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming".

"It's kinda like he was on trial for littering, and he said on the stand, 'I only threw that cup out of my window because I was distracted by the homeless man I ran over". And I respect him.

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Trump has focused his ire on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who positioned herself as a critic of his administration in the immediate aftermath of the storms.

As the United States braces itself for Hurricane Florence, it seems Trump is still determined to make people believe he did a great job during Hurricane Maria.

Whether those statements will be enough in an election that is shaping up to be all about the president is unknown. He said the death count had been 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.

Almost every study and report into the hurricane estimates a significantly higher toll than the early official estimates mentioned by the president.

On Wednesday, Puerto Rican officials said about 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to Puerto Rico after Maria went unused and became too contaminated to drink.

In addition to force of the hurricane itself, many people died because disease and infection due to the lack of electricity and drinkable water on the island.

But Trump, that official said, was unwilling to admit even internally that more needed to be done on the island.