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Stephen Colbert is not too happy with President Donald Trump's recent challenges to the viral death toll numbers in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria previous year.

"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.

Hundreds of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are still sitting at a Puerto Rico airport - almost a year after the deadly storm, according to a report.

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

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".

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Since the hurricane struck in September a year ago, several investigations by academics and journalists suggested the death toll was much higher than the official count, which for months stayed at 64.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad, so I have no reason to dispute these numbers", he said.

Trump's comments come as Hurricane Florence, now a category 2 storm, hurtles towards the Carolina coast, threatening millions in its path.

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Thursday's tweets drew the ire of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, who has sharply criticized both the president and his administration's response to Maria. They said, 'Throw 'em to me! GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?).

In a Tuesday press update on Florence, he called his administration's response to Maria an "unsung success", while also falsely claiming Puerto Rico "had no electricity essentially before the storm".

But the study's results have been embraced by Puerto Rico officials as likely accurate after months of standing by early reports of just 64 deaths.

Gerald Herbert/APResidents line up gas cans as they wait for a gas truck to service an empty gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico, September 24, 2017. "This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference". "This situation what happened in Puerto Rico, it's far more complicated and its not the president saying I want this to be a disaster for everyone".

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