Alex Cora on Trump's comments: It's about human beings

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He also complained Friday that the Puerto Rican government commissioned an independent study by researchers from a Washington-based university to determine how many people died in the storm.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, is home to some 3.3 million people. Trump has been laser-focused on hurricane response this week, just not this one.

A USA government report published this month concluded that the federal response in Puerto Rico was hampered by a lack of trained staff as well as by major logistical challenges.

The original death toll was put in double digits, but recently a new study placed the "official" count at just short of 3,000.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a frequent critic of Trump, was appalled by his latest message.

FEMA, amid preparations for Hurricane Florence to hit the mid-Atlantic, didn't respond to an email this week seeking comment.

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

When a reporter asked Trump about Maria in the Oval Office, he swiftly unleashed fact-challenged defense of his response to the hurricane.

DeSantis rode the president's endorsement to victory in the Republican primary for governor and has been one of the president's biggest backers in attacking the FBI and special counsel investigation into Russia-Trump campaign ties during the 2016 election. He told one adviser that he felt that he media "would stop at nothing" to undermine him and blamed local authorities for their inept response.

That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in a report commissioned by the USA territory's governor, Ricardo Rossello.

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Ortiz said Connecticut's senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal have stood up for the Puerto Rican community and have yet to hear from the president himself.

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She said she visited Puerto Rico herself a few months ago and people were dying all around from the lack of resources. He said it was "about human beings".

But Trump has continued to boast about the handling of Maria, calling it "an incredible unsung success" as he warned residents of the Carolinas not to take chances with Florence.

Puerto Rico now says 2,975 people died on the island because of the storm. "It's an isolated island that lost its infrastructure and power for a long time, you couldn't get to people for a long time".

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

"I spent a [sic] 5 days volunteering in Puerto Rico several months after the Hurricanes", Cox wrote.

Ron DeSantis ― who during the primary campaign dressed his infant son in a "Make America Great Again" onesie for a TV commercial to show his adoration of Trump ― released a statement disagreeing with Trump's assertion that 3,000 people did not die because of the storm and that the number was the work of Democrats.

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