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On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

16 September 2018

In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper dissects the president's false tweets about the death toll in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. He says, "This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed". Numerous deaths were attributed to power failures and a lack of access to healthcare and clean water, according to a study from the George Washington University. "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he had said. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he wrote.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

"The official death toll from last year's storm stood at 64 until late August, although doubts had been cast on that estimate".

"'3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

Cora, the only Puerto Rican now managing in the majors and only the second ever to do so in baseball history, has grown exhausted of Trump's controversial takes on the devastating hurricane that wrecked his home island when it made landfall September 16, 2017, just a week after it had been pummeled by Hurricane Irma.

Trump reignited the controversy around the USA government's management of the disaster when he said Tuesday it was an "incredible, unsung success".

At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane".

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"We left this analysis to the scientists and experts, recognising that there would be many challenges, because we wanted to have a powerful and independent voice to minimise the uncertainty", he said in a video on Facebook.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.

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".

As Business Insider noted, Trump has been angry that what he saw as a generous gesture is being portrayed as insensitive to the destruction that the hurricane brought to Puerto Rico.

Carmen Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, admitted there were some bureaucratic problems on the island, but she slammed Trump's comments and described them as "despicable" and "adding insult to injury". Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs, his campaign's Puerto Rico outreach chair.

Researchers from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University said the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster.

On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right