Donald Trump's comments about 3,000 dead Americans in Puerto Rico causes backlash

Sep 16, 2018
08:56 P.M.
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A lot of social media users attacked president Donald Trump after he tweeted that Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rico 3,000 death toll was a stunt to tarnish his reputation.


The president accused the Democrats of faking the record of nearly 3,000 people passing way due to the hurricane which ravished Puerto Rico in the summer of 2017.

In his tweet, Trump said, “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico.”

He added, “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 much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”

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Trump followed the first tweet with a second one, suggesting that the Democrats were to blame and that they made him “look as bad as possible” when he was supposedly “raising billions of dollars” to give aid to the Puerto Ricans.

“If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!” he continued.


The tweets were in connection to the now-declared category two storm, Hurricane Florence, bound to bombard the Carolina coast and threatening the lives of many people along the way.


In the hope of reassuring the citizens that his administration is ready to take on the storm, Trump attempted to defend his government’s actions responding to Hurricane Maria. He said it was an “unsung success.”

During a briefing, he said about the Hurricane Maria response, “It was one of the best jobs ever done with respect to what this is all about.”



As reports revealed, the 2,975-person death toll caused by Hurricane Maria was not a strategic attack from the Democrats towards Trump.

It was commissioned by the Puerto Rico governor, Ricardo Rosselló, and experts from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health did all the work to provide those numbers.

The first death count, which was 64 people, only included those who died from “structural collapse, flying debris, floods, and drownings.”


As for the new report, the experts have included how power outages and medical infrastructure have affected the people at the time of the storm, which eventually led to deaths.

As explained by the researchers at GWU, they said, “During our broader study, we found that many physicians were not oriented in the appropriate certification protocol. This translated into an inadequate indicator for monitoring mortality in the hurricane’s aftermath.”

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In other news, the president, once again, became the topic of conversation and received backlash after attending a memorial service.

He was at a service dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attack. Americans were supposedly angered when he showed up and did a double fist pump.

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