Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the GOP majority Thursday calling for the panel to request documents from the White House relating to the Puerto Rico response. The parties are courting Puerto Rican voters who are longtime residents of Florida, as well as those who relocated to the state after Maria caused devastating damage to the USA territory last September. Incredibly enough, he denied that almost 3,000 people had died.
FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Perry Bacon agreed, saying Trump is clearly wrong on the facts and the science.
"How stupid, how tone deaf, how surreal, how insensitive, how offensive", Navarro told CNN. An independent study accepted by Puerto Rico officials concluded that 2,975 people died from the storm and its aftermath. I don't know. We will never know how many, how many we lost.
As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration's response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the US territory last September.
"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", he tweeted.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum said "no death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane". "Or should we call it the dead zone?"
"President Trump was responding to the liberal media and the San Juan Mayor who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations", the statement read.
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Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser. Bush, who after leaving office largely kept out of the public eye and refrained from criticizing his successor.
There's growing sentiment that this is the worst tweet by Trump ever.
According to the Washington Post, some research indicates that the actual death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is around 4,000.
Below is a list of studies that have estimated the death toll there.
"Casualties don't make a person look bad", Ryan said.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a Facebook post in Spanish, "The victims of Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico in general, do not deserve to be questioned about their pain".
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority leader, said Trump owed an apology to the 3,000 families for "the shameful attack on deceased fellow Americans". It's either an unwillingness to accept the truth or a complete misunderstanding of the reality that many deaths likely came after the storm due to a lack of medical and public services. He says the process was "carried out properly".
Mr Trump, referring to Hurricane Florence which is about to hit America's east coast, tweeted earlier this week: "We got A Pluses for our current hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)".
"There are Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida, who could make or break statewide elections in Florida in 2018 and I hope all those Puerto Ricans and all those people who know Puerto Ricans in Florida or who like Puerto Ricans, who are mad as hell at this tweet remember that the deadline to register to Florida if you moved is October 9th". He also said he thought Trump "sees every attack on him as sort of undercutting his legitimacy".