Bottled Water Meant For Hurricane Maria Survivors Rots Away On Tarmac

In a tweet Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the storms

In a tweet Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the storms

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the US territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975. This face-to-face survey of those living in Puerto Rico examines the impact the hurricane had on their lives, including their housing situation, financial status, and mental and physical health.

With Hurricane Florence forecasted to make landfall in the Carolinas as soon as Thursday, reports also came in last night that the Trump administration had transferred $10 million from FEMA to pay for ICE detention centers.

When Trump visited in October 2017, two weeks after the storm hit, the death toll at the time was indeed 16 people.

Ryan noted he had been in Puerto Rico after the hurricane hit and said it had been "devastating". The General Services Administration Administrator for Puerto Rico, Ottmar Chávez, told CBS News that his agency had claimed excess water bottles for delivery from FEMA back in May, but only became aware of the bottles on Tuesday, and he now wants to return them to the agency following complaints about the water's taste and smell.

A Harvard University study released in May estimated that more than 4,600 people may have died as a result of the hurricane.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said, breaking with the president.

Trump also said, "I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about". "The loss of any life is tragic".

A spokesman for former United States representative Ron DeSantis, who won the Florida Republican primary for governor with Mr Trump's support, said he did not agree with the president's tweets. But as the hurricane began to dominate news coverage, the administration's response to Hurricane Maria returned as a major storyline and began to infuriate Trump, according to two Republican advisers close to the White House who weren't authorized to speak publicly.

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He said there are plans to buy 168 generators for Puerto Rico's water and sewer company, which is still relying on several generators given the ongoing power outages almost a year after Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's power grid.

Spokesman Hogan Gidley said: "As the president said, every death from Hurricane Maria is a horror".

In a second tweet Thursday, Trump cast blame on Democrats, who he said are trying to make him look bad. Trump dismissed the findings Thursday, tweeting: "If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list". "We try to reach the truth, and we try to understand what is damaging the people in order to prevent disease", he said.

Then on August 28, an epidemiological study by George Washington University commissioned by the island's government concluded that 2,975 people were killed as a result of the storm.

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".

The stockpile is believed to have been a part of aid package meant for the survivors of Hurricane Maria, which wrought havoc on the US territory in 2017.

Some Republicans also criticized the president's tweet.

Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an "incredible unsung success".

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