Trump Stands By Lie About Hurricane Maria: Death Toll Increased 'Like Magic'

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United States President Donald Trump has disputed official findings that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's hurricane. And like I said: 'Hey man, thank you for helping us.' He went down there, he did what he did.

Colbert described the tweets as "sickening" before calling out the President, saying: 'It is in no way true'.

Some well-known Republicans split with Trump on the issue. I know probably he doesn't feel that way.

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert also chose to discuss Trump's hurricane assertion after talking about the impending Hurricane Florence. Last month, I returned to a resilient but still devastated island ― an island our president has not visited since his controversial trip last fall.

"Now, you know, folks, if you watch the show", Colbert says, "we kid the president about being a awful person".

Some blamed the media.

His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response. When pressed on the tweets, Cornyn grew frustrated. But the after-effects, people don't talk about that.

Some appeared to be working to calm the president down. "The people that went through this, they know what happened", Cora said.

"I have no reason to dispute those numbers", Ryan added.

President Trump will be visiting areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, the White House says. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!".

Hurricane Florence turns deadly, unleashing torrential floods on Carolinas
North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power. TV station WNCN said the 78-year-old victim and was "trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain ".

Mr Chavez said his agency had received complaints about the taste and smell of the water, and that Fema should accept responsibility.

Puerto Rico's governor raised the United States territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who died in the aftermath had been severely under-counted.

Trump has been on a tear about the death toll in Puerto Rico for days. We don't know if it was sufficient, that it was enough, I don't know.

A small number of Republicans seemed to side with the president.

Rarest of all was direct criticism. "I like Puerto Ricans who don't die!"

When CNN contributor Ana Navarro criticizes Trump, his supporters typically try to paint her as a Democratic Party operative. He has since sought to minimise the death toll.

And as always, there were lawmakers who asked why the parties can't get along. But Cuban-born Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who isn't seeking reelection this year, has been among Trump's frequent critics on the right.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority leader, said Trump owed an apology to the 3,000 families for "the shameful attack on deceased fellow Americans". Every time we needed to use the bathroom, we had to descend 10 stories and wait in line at a nearby store.

The NBC star didn't just target Trump for his Puerto Rico tweets, though.

"As usual, what we need more of is sobriety and seriousness here, and that seems to be lacking", he said.

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