Congressman Grijalva Upset Over Trump's Hurricane Maria Remarks

14 September, 2018, 18:18 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz stands outside of the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria in San Juan

He accused Democrats of inflating the official death toll to "make me look as bad as possible".

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.

After Donald Trump accused Democrats of fabricating the Puerto Rico hurricane death toll of almost 3,000, reaction from politicians, the media and online was swift and sharp.

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"It might be a new low", said Floria GOP Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, according to The Hill.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a veteran Republican congresswoman from Florida, said Trump "has a warped mind that would turn this statistic into fake news". "How could you be so self-centered and try to distort the truth so much?"

Carlos Mercader, head of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, said in a statement FEMA didn't deliver the bottles to the Puerto Rican government until April, USA Today reported.

In a statement, Representative Bennie Thompson of MS, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, called on Trump to "resign at once". "I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics", Cora said.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz called the president's comments "delusional, paranoid and unhinged from any sense of reality". "Your lack of respect is appalling!". "But like I said, we're better than a year ago, obviously". "In the real world people died on your watch". "It was devastating. It was a disgusting storm". At the time, the White House did not dispute the numbers.

In the wake of the media reporting on Trump's tweet, George Washington University released a statement saying it stood by the science in the study. We collected the data from the official sources. "If we did that, we're going to fess up to it". We wouldn't do it. We are public health people.

Are these the worst tweets to have ever been tweeted by Trump... so far? That storm, downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, is expected to fully hit the Carolinas on Friday. They factored in many variables, including the departure of hundreds of thousands of island residents in the aftermath of Maria. Those were not needed during the response phase and were not distributed by the governor of Puerto Rico or FEMA for that reason'.

Puerto Rico was recovering from Hurricane Irma before Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, destroying roads and bridges and leaving much of the Caribbean island without electricity for months.

Thursday, Stewart's spokeswoman, Daryn Frischknecht, said the congressman "doesn't have anything to add to the conversation" about the president's assessment of the death toll. Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one [Florence].

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