On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right

People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro North Carolina

People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro North Carolina

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to lambast an official report on Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria previous year, accusing Democrats of inflating the number of deaths.

"When Trump visited the island territory last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died from Maria", Trump tweeted, appearing to attribute the quote to the Washington Post.

This is what is going on: Some "scientists"-read anti-Trump Democratic Party activists-constructed a theoretical baseline of how many deaths would be expected to occur in Puerto Rico during the months after Hurricane Maria".

"Those are just the facts of what happens when a frightful hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet.

"They hired.GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?)", Trump added.

He then included Fox Business Lou Dobb's response slamming the "corrupt" Puerto Rican governments: "The people of Puerto Rico have one of the most corrupt governments in our country". "And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. It's beyond dispute that our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico did NOT get all the help they needed from the Trump administration in the wake of Hurricane Maria". "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".

"Trump resurfaced the debate this week when he boasted about his administration's response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday said she didn't want to dwell on the president's comments, but felt compelled to respond on behalf of hurricane victims.

That report, while acknowledging that Puerto Rico's power system was on "life support" before the hurricane, also said that approximately 96 per cent of residents had power restored to them after Hurricane Irma hit before Maria.

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally.

The study in question, conducted by researchers at George Washington University, meticulously compared medical records on the island from the months after the storm to those in a normal, non-hurricane period.

Cruz maintains the federal government's response to the hurricane was slow and inadequate while Trump said it was a success. "The president has sold out the United States for the benefit of Putin".

Abby Huntsman agreed that Trump's tweets were insensitive, saying the focus should be on what happened in Puerto Rico and not Trump's ego. "Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico".