U.S. House Speaker Ryan doesn't dispute Puerto Rico death toll

Zach Gibson  AFP  Getty Images People cross the street as water floods outside buildings in Old Town Alexandria Va. Sept. 11 2018

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Trump told confidants the media were underplaying the challenging circumstances in Puerto Rico and trying to exploit the storm to attack him.

"When I left the Island, after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he doesn't believe 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico a year ago as a result of Hurricanes Maria and Irma - a claim that drew swift criticism from members of both parties. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs, his campaign's Puerto Rico outreach chair.

George Washington University researchers are standing by their study that concluded the death toll following Hurricane Maria was 2,975.

DeSantis rode the president's endorsement to victory in the Republican primary for governor and has been one of the president's biggest backers in attacking the FBI and special counsel investigation into Russia-Trump campaign ties during the 2016 election.

Things were further complicated because I arrived on the island with a cold, which quickly turned into a respiratory infection that landed me in a makeshift emergency room at a San Juan shelter. "That is just what happened".

"We deserve and expect more from someone who holds the highest office in our country", Nelson said in statement. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. "The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching". "I'll continue to help PR".

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Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration in the aftermath of the storm.

Cruz maintains the federal government's response to the hurricane was slow and inadequate while Trump said it was a success.

State and local officials are responsible for establishing death tolls, not the federal government. Trump didn't think it was accurate.

"In a humanitarian crisis, you should not be grading yourself".

Jumping in, Powers then pointed out that it is not like his base would actually be watching Tapper call out Trump's phony claims on the Puerto Rico numbers on CNN.

While the President has frequently praised the government response in the year since the hurricane, others in the administration have acknowledged learned lessons.

A U.S. government report published this month concluded that the federal response in Puerto Rico was hampered by a lack of trained staff as well as by major logistical challenges. "This is a day where we should be focused on the people who will be affected by the hurricanes today, and it's him talking about himself a lot, and a lack of empathy and sort of a self absorption that we've seen a lot of the last two years". "And so, we're reorganizing the firepower of the federal government underneath these critical lifelines, we're pushing forward", Long added.

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a Democrat who has sparred with Trump, tweeted that "Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

US President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official death toll from last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, saying it had been inflated to nearly 3,000 as part of a ploy to make him look bad.

This "issue" was not on my radar until one of my kids texted in a family chat: "Is trump off his rocker with this Puerto Rico death toll stuff?"

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, also reaffirmed its conclusions Thursday.

Trump believed those recovery efforts were a success story he could use to turn the tide of negative press stories after a troubled August, said one official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Gutierrez says, "Even though the president dropped the ball he is now doing a victory dance in the end zone".

"The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said.

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At least one other Republican said he agreed with Trump that Democrats were taking advantage of natural disasters for political gain.

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