Trump Falsely Claims 3000 Puerto Ricans Did Not Die After Hurricane Maria

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

President Trump has lashed out at an independent study that concluded an estimated 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico in the five months after Hurricane Maria struck there a year ago.

"Now, you know, folks, if you watch the show", Colbert says, "we kid the president about being a awful person".

"President Trump has been laser focused on hurricane response this week - just not this one", Colbert said in his monologue as Hurricane Florence began to touch down on the coasts of North Carolina and SC on Thursday night. This group that's doing this estimate would say you and I weigh somewhere between 100 and 300 pounds, plus or minus.

President Trump retweeted the video clip Thursday night.

"I don't want to comment on what the president said", said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who went on to ask why estimates of the dead had sharply increased over the past year. When pressed on the tweets, Cornyn grew frustrated.

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She wrote she would not want to "worry about blood and brains splattered on the wall", or " remembering lies". Nancy Crampton-Brophy was arrested three months after her husband Daniel Brophy was shot dead.

Some appeared to be working to calm the president down.

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers". "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote. He also said he thought Trump "sees every attack on him as sort of undercutting his legitimacy".

"The Democrats are playing to Puerto Ricans who moved to this country, moved to Florida politics, and they're not for us anyway". "Like the people on the Titanic who froze in the water still died because of the crash". He said he wants to find out more about what the numbers are, and thinks Congress should look into it. CNN's reporting also reflects similar numbers to the updated count.

"After all the beef he's had, I feel like it was only a matter of time until he started a beef with dead people", Noah joked. "The people that went through this, they know what happened".

A small number of Republicans seemed to side with the president. President Trump was "disrespectful", he said, to dismiss the government's assessment that 2,975 people died as a result of last year's hurricane and its aftermath.

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Florence has caused the evacuation of some 1.5 million people with millions more likely to see some impact from the howling winds. The Army Corps of Engineers was preparing to start work restoring power, installing temporary roofing and removing debris.

Rarest of all was direct criticism. She called the comments part of Trump's "theater of the absurd".

Here are five Trump critics who have had angry reactions to the president's clueless remarks on Puerto Rico's death toll.

And as always, there were lawmakers who asked why the parties can't get along.

Sen. Marco Rubio, who ran against Trump for president, said that "even tragedy" is politicized these days. Like, do we need help?

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette, who has been representing Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997, visited Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria-and she has asserted that the destruction she saw was by no means fake news.

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Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life. But, knowing the intensity of Florence's impact on Myrtle Beach, "My friends are worrying me right now", Combs said.

"As usual, what we need more of is sobriety and seriousness here, and that seems to be lacking", he said.

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