The tweets drew the ire of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan who has sharply criticized both the president and his administration's response to the storm previous year that devastated the US territory. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers". "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he had said.
Trump supporter David Urban tried to defend the president, saying that the president should have said that the government did their best and they intend to do better in the future.
Rossello said Puerto Ricans "do not deserve to have their pain questioned" and backed the study. It is time to remember all those who lost their lives.
"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted".
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz slammed Donald Trump as "paranoid" and "delusional". In the immediate aftermath, Puerto Rico officials had said that only 64 died from the storm, but news reports indicated that many more had died as a result of problems caused by the hurricane.
It was commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and was conducted by experts at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.
The House Democratic Caucus tweeted that Trump "won't acknowledge the thousands of Americans who died on his watch", and added: "Even worse, Republicans have no interest in holding this administration accountable and ensuring that Congress is prepared to respond to these disasters". "Direct" deaths include such fatalities as drownings in a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building. When Trump finally visited the ravaged island, he left a lasting image by tossing paper towels at survivors as if they were trained seals.
After Trump blamed democrats for reporting a higher death toll from the September 2017 storm, Cora said he doesn't think the matter should be viewed as a political issue. That's actually lower than the estimate published by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine - 4,645 - but it still puts Maria's death toll on a par with 9/11, whose 17th anniversary we just commemorated. It added that the study "was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference".
"We know a lot of people that right now are still suffering". But the after-effects, people don't talk about that.
Maria hit previous year as Trump was feeling positive about the handling of massive hurricanes in Florida and Texas and hoping to use those efforts to stem a tide of negative press. Cruz maintains the federal government's response was slow and inadequate.
However, the report says, "the Government of Puerto Rico does not have control over the federal land" and was unable to get to the water. Rossello officially updated the island's death toll with the new information.
She said at the time that back-to-back hurricanes previous year prompted "the largest domestic disaster response mission in history".