Trump denies report that nearly 3,000 died in Puerto Rico

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WASHINGTON-President Trump on Thursday denied Hurricane Maria caused 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico, falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the toll to "make me look as bad as possible". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he tweeted Thursday.

Photos first posted to social media this week by Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican police agency, showed tens of thousands of water bottles sitting on a tarmac in the city of Ceiba.

"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote. Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, is expected to hit North Carolina with the potential for 130 miles per hour winds, a massive storm surge and heavy rains late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Puerto Rico has been a USA territory since 1898.

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Trump described his administration's approach to the aftermath of the hurricane "one of the best jobs that has ever been done". The book is filled with interviews with people who, while believing Trump is unfit for office, still work for him and claim that they are able to manage him.

As the nation prepares for another potentially devastating storm with Hurricane Florence barreling towards the east coast, Puerto Rico has still not recovered from 2017's Hurricane Maria.

The study concluded that the initial death toll of 64 only included those killed directly by hurricanes Maria and Irma - either by drowning, flying debris or building collapse.

The report was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government and compiled by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. @FEMA has had/known about this water - as have many of us here in Puerto Rico - since early 2018.

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The Trump administration's efforts in Puerto Rico received widespread criticism.

Since the estimated death toll puts Hurricane Maria's casualty rate on par with 9/11, Camerota continued by commenting on how Trump looks at the two tragedies through "a very different lens".

"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", he said in a statement.

Trump's denial that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the September 2017 storm, determined by a government report, amounts to "denial following neglect", Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted.

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