San Juan Mayor Responds To Trump's 'Appalling' Denial Of Puerto Rico Deaths

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"But the President continues to refuse to acknowledge his responsibility, and the problem is that if he didn't acknowledge it in Puerto Rico, God bless the people of SC and the people of North Carolina", Cruz said.

Several of the women of ABC's "The View" slammed President Donald Trump for his comments on the hurricane response in Puerto Rico - leading co-host Sunny Hostin to allege that the president and the government allowed people to die, as Mediaite reported. "By the way, if the federal government cares that much, they shouldn't have left it to all the journalists and universities to just have to go there and look into this, which is what ended up happening because the federal government didn't do an exact count".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed Puerto Rico's official death toll of 3,000 from last year's Hurricane Maria, bristling at criticism of his administration's handling of that disaster as another hurricane barreled toward the Southeast.

The study also found that the elderly and low-income Puerto Ricans were the most affected by the storm.

It's not the first time Mr Trump and Ms Cruz have exchanged taunts on social media, with the San Juan leader having been critical of slow pace of the relief effort by federal authorities at the time of the category-four hurricane.

In the images, the packaged cases of bottles line one end of a long runway - majority covered by blue tarp.

"We are sparing no expense".

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"You will never take away our self respect".

Another Trump critic, and a target of his tweets, San Juan Mayor Carmen Ulin Cruz tweeted, "Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him".

Ramos told ABC he's not sure how long the bottles have been sitting there, but a report from the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration says FEMA made a delivery of "excess bottled water" in April. "If you're in Florence's path and considering riding it out, your president just said that a hurricane response where 3,000 die is his measure of success".

As the days went by, the death toll kept increasing, eventually reaching 64. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote.

A day earlier, the president praised the response to the series of storms.

A photographer working for a Puerto Rican police agency posted photos online Tuesday that he said showed a stockpile of bottled water on a runway in the city of Ceiba that had gone unused for about a year.