Donald Trump Blames Hurricane Maria Death Toll On Democrats And "Old Age"

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The president, asked what lessons could be learned from Puerto Rico, called the response to that devastating storm an "unsung success".

Trump's administration is still facing blistering criticism for its response to Hurricane Maria, which left almost 3,000 dead, according to a George Washington University study.

"The poll results were published the same day that Trump praised his administration's handling of the Hurricane Maria aftermath".

For much of the past year, the government had formally acknowledged just 64 deaths from the hurricane, which ravaged much of the territory and destroyed critical infrastructure.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico a year ago was an "underappreciated great job".

Trump tweeted Wednesday that the incoming storm is "looking even bigger than anticipated", urging those in the hurricane's path to "get out of its way".

"The water was kept in an area that was pretty hard hit during the storm, and could have used all the water they could have gotten", Begnaud said in a video report. Nielsen and Long did not comment on Hurricane Maria.

Earlier this week, after Mr Trump hailed the U.S. response in Puerto Rico as "tremendous" and "an incredible, unsung success".

The federal response to Hurricane Maria is under scrutiny again after photos show what appear to be millions of water bottles meant for victims of the storm still sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. Last month, the New York Times reported that 10 trailers of food and other supplies were found rotting in a parking lot in Puerto Rico, where they were devoured by rats. "If we did that, we're going to fess up to it", the official told him. "And so we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward".

'This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially inflated by adding those who passed away from natural causes such as old age.

Trump said Tuesday, "I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful". It was conducted by the nonpartisan George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The findings were embraced by the government of Puerto Rico as the study was released.

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