Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum agree: Trumps Puerto Rico claim was wrong

President Donald Trump left joined by FEMA Administrator Brock Long second from left and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen center speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday

President Donald Trump left joined by FEMA Administrator Brock Long second from left and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen center speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday

US President Donald Trump has official figures which state 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's devastating Hurricane Maria, saying the number was invented by political rivals to undercut his image.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who's from Puerto Rico and headed to the island in January to provide assistance in the wake of the hurricane, was asked about the tweets when he arrived at the ballpark on Thursday afternoon. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he wrote.

Paul Ryan, the Republican house speaker, said he had "no reason to dispute" the death toll of 3,000. "Our basic infrastructure was devastated, thousands of our people lost their lives and many others still struggle". "He's the president of the United States, but I don't agree with a lot of what he says about us".

Trump called the death toll a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.

Regarding Hurricane Maria, Gutierrez alleged that Trump's focus from the beginning "was on damage control from a political standpoint, not damage control from a human life standpoint". An independent study accepted by Puerto Rico officials concluded that 2,975 people died from the storm and its aftermath.

Lynn Goldman, the dean of GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health stressed that the number is not precise and more work should be done on the issue.

Hurricane Florence began battering North Carolina on Thursday night, beginning an onslaught that will provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency a chance to fix its bruised reputation following the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

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"There is no depth that Trump will not explore in order to further his own narcissism and victimhood". And the the federal government's relief effort was riddled with demonstrable failures: Despite receiving advance warning of the hurricane's likely landfall in Puerto Rico, the administration neglected to deploy satellite phones, generators, and reserves of food, fuel, and water in advance of the storm.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz was a particularly aggressive critic of Trump in the days and weeks following the hurricane; her response to Trump's tweet today was no different. Those were not needed during the response phase and were not distributed by the governor of Puerto Rico or FEMA for that reason'.

The president tweeted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas.

In a second tweet Thursday, Trump cast blame on Democrats, who he said are trying to make him look bad.

"I think that the FEMA director and others who were there, I think they did everything they possibly could", U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart said.

Donald Trump is facing a backlash for disputing the official number of dead in hurricanes in Puerto Rico previous year.

"This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference", the university said in a statement.

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