As the East Coast battled the ravages of tropical storm Florence, President Donald Trump's own bluster continued Friday, claiming Hurricane Maria's death toll a year ago rose suspiciously "like magic" and that there was "no way" the count was accurate.
President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aspersions on a new report that put the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria at almost 3,000, claiming it was made up by Democrats. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths". As time went by, it did not go up by that much.
Trump called the death toll a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.
Several of the women of ABC's "The View" slammed President Donald Trump for his comments on the hurricane response in Puerto Rico - leading co-host Sunny Hostin to allege that the president and the government allowed people to die, as Mediaite reported.
Earlier this month, the governor of Puerto Ricoformally raised the death tollfrom the 2017 storm to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at George Washington University.
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.
"Our results show that Hurricane Maria was a very deadly storm, one that affected the entire island but hit the poor and the elderly the hardest", the statement read.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz fired off several tweets targeting Trump: "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".
The emergency supplies were brought in by FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which smashed the island and left its residents without power, without roofs and without running water. "3000 people did not die", he wrote.
As for the nearly $50 billion in federal funds already approved by Congress for Puerto Rico's rebuilding, Cruz said most of it had not been disbursed by the federal government.
The study's methodology was created to overcome the lack of information contained in the death certificates of people who died in Puerto Rico during those six months.
Echoing Cruz's condemnation of Trump's tweets, Democratic lawmakers also expressed outrage that the president would attempt to downplay the number of people who died as a result of a natural disaster and US government neglect. "I don't think it's bad to say we could have done better in Puerto Rico". It made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, battering the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, ripping buildings apart and uprooting trees. "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success".