Alex Cora on Trump's comments: It's about human beings

President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd as he hands out supplies at Calvary Chapel Guaynabo Puerto Rico in October

President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd as he hands out supplies at Calvary Chapel Guaynabo Puerto Rico in October

The true human cost of Maria, and the chaotic federal response to the storm on the U.S. island territory, triggered a year-long controversy, which Trump revived this week even as another powerful hurricane, Florence, bore down on the East Coast. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".

Trump then added that the high death toll was a result of Democrats trying to make him look bad.

Mr Trump said people who died for any reason - "like old age" - had been added to the total. He said the work the Federal Emergency Management Agency and "law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico - I think was tremendous".

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan and vocal critic of Trump, tweeted her dismay at his latest offensive.

"Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER", she tweeted.

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Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria".

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim", Sen.

The figure of 2,975 came from a study by George Washington University, which incorporated the longer-term effects of the natural disaster, such as low-income residents and elderly people who didn't have access to adequate food, water, and other resources to begin with. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand.

A FEMA administrator said the bottles, pictured on pallet after pallet on a Puerto Rican runway and covered in blue plastic, were deemed surplus.

"The fact that the president will not take responsibility for his administration's failures and will not even recognize that thousands have perished shows us, once again, that he is not fit to serve as our president, " Thompson said.

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There is no evidence to back up Trump's tweets that politics played a role in calculating the death toll and the White House has not commented on the message from the President. But I think this is more than politics. "It's just what happened".

Earlier this week, Trump hailed his administration's response to Maria as "an incredible, unsung success". But even some Republicans-especially those in Florida-are among those disagreeing with the president's assertion about the estimate from researchers at George Washington University.

Almost four months after Maria hit land, Garcia's mother, Aida, got sick and went to a central Puerto Rico hospital. "The loss of any life is tragic", Scott continued, "the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching".

Cora said that while Trump is president and respects him, he doesn't agree with "a lot of stuff that he says about us".

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