Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Alex Cora Calls Out Donald Trump for Comments About Puerto Rico

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Jay Anderson | 14 September, 2018, 06:07

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit residents affected by Hurricane in Guaynabo, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. A USA territory since 1898, Puerto Rico's inhabitants are citizens, though they can not vote in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Trump called the death toll a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier. They then compared this baseline to the actual number of deaths, and voila!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018.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 dismissed the findings Thursday, tweeting: "If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list". Trump said there were "6 to 18 deaths" shortly after the storm hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Privately, some White House officials were exasperated with the president's focus on Puerto Rico at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas and other coastal areas.

Thursday, Stewart's spokeswoman, Daryn Frischknecht, said the congressman "doesn't have anything to add to the conversation" about the president's assessment of the death toll.

Trump touted the federal government's response as "an incredible, unsung success" this week.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a vocal critic of the administration's handling of the storm, has cast blame on the federal government for failing to provide adequate assistance in the aftermath of the storm, and she slammed Trump's assertion Tuesday. Three weeks after Maria, a HuffPost producer, a cameraman and I traveled to Puerto Rico and experienced a glimpse of what life was like there for millions after the storm.

"We are scientists. We are public health people". Sober as the New York Times is in reporting Trump's latest big lie, it still represents in characterizing him how low we've sunk.




Members of both parties on Capitol Hill disagreed with the president's statements.

At least one other Republican said he agreed with Trump that Democrats were taking advantage of natural disasters for political gain.

"The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said. "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date", a Milken statement said.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, whose parents were Puerto Rican immigrants, spoke on the House floor in front of a printout of the Puerto Rican flag, saying Trump is "delusional" and incapable or "empathy or basic human decency".

President Donald Trump began the morning claiming that the numbers were made up, "fake news" and politically motivated.

"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.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a veteran Republican congresswoman from Florida, said Trump "has a warped mind that would turn this statistic into fake news".

Trump's new fury threatened to distract from massive efforts to respond to Hurricane Florence.

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