US President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official death toll from last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, saying it had been inflated to nearly 3,000 as part of a ploy to make him look bad.
Trump then blamed Democrats for the figures, "to make me look as bad as possible".
Tapper explained the actual math used to calculate those who were killed.
Ryan noted he had been in Puerto Rico after the hurricane hit and said it had been "devastating". Researchers compared the number of deaths in the six months after Maria to the normally expected death rate to come up with the estimate. The difference is how academic scientists gathered the information.
That could have been a reason to do more to help these American citizens. "He's misrepresenting the science here".
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Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the USA, is home to some 3.3 million people. The government of Puerto Rico accepted these numbers, too, after many months in which the official death toll was listed at 64 people. They had to be carried to safety though wind and rain and storm surge flooding because New York City elected not to evacuate them in advance. "I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. I don't buy that but I do believe we can learn from the mistakes that were made in Puerto Rico". That number is less than a Harvard study released in May, which put the number at 4,645. He's the president of the United States.
"No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from (President Trump) before, during and after the hurricane", Andrew Gillum, DeSantis' Democratic opponent for governor, posted on Twitter.
Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring from Congress after 13 terms says people in the White House need to tell him that "the emperor has no clothes occasionally". Its inhabitants are USA citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.
"The president's a counterpuncher, we now that". In an interview on Wednesday, Thomas Bossert, Mr. Trump's former homeland security adviser, conceded that the president's self-congratulation about his handling of the storms in Puerto Rico should have been tempered with compassion. But the government there should get credit stopping the count when they knew it was wrong, and then commissioning a credible study to try to determine what happened to its people. That the President has been really good about helping South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, I don't buy the idea that the President is indifferent to our friends in Puerto Rico. They should have known that delivering supplies would be more complicated and they'd have stepped up their game.