Republicans dodge, weave around Trump's hurricane tweets

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He said the toll was no greater than 18 when he visited the island past year and "did not go up by much".

CNN political commentator and frequent Trump critic Ana Navarro unloaded on the president's tweets regarding the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria previous year.

In a latest fit of fury, Trump successfully enraged millions of Americans by claiming the nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by two back-to-back hurricanes were fake news.

The 3,000 figure Trump referenced comes from a study conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

"We left this analysis to the scientists and experts, recognising that there would be many challenges, because we wanted to have a powerful and independent voice to minimise the uncertainty", he said in a video on Facebook.

"We've been battling through it", Cora said, via NBC Sports Boston. The upshot was the president claimed the numbers were concocted merely to make him look bad.

There is no evidence to back up Trump's tweets that politics played a role in calculating the death toll and the White House has not commented on the message from the President. "My only consideration was the well-being of the Puerto Rican people". The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped, [so did] the Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros, there's a lot of people in the States that are still helping us.

"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim".

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But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth? From September 2017 to February 2018, 2,975 people died, according to that study, which was commissioned by Puerto Rico's government.

But the San Juan mayor Trump attacked, Carmen Yulin Cruz, told CNN the president's words added "insult to injury".

Trump's handling of the damage Hurricane Maria caused was widely criticized, despite his efforts to paint his response to the storm as a success.

Trump's tweets - which came as a highly unsafe Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas - misrepresented the nature of the study and were harshly criticized by Democrats in Congress, as well as by some Republicans.

As for the power outage that left hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans in the dark for months, the agency will now rely on workers from private power companies to begin repairs after Florence. Then, a few weeks ago, a study from George Washington University revised that number to 2,975.

"This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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

Almost four months after Maria hit land, Garcia's mother, Aida, got sick and went to a central Puerto Rico hospital.