House Speaker Ryan doesn't dispute Puerto Rico death toll

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

With all eyes on Hurricane Florence, a Facebook post is casting fresh doubts on the federal government's response previous year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote.

The report came almost a year after a much-maligned visit to Puerto Rico by Trump two weeks after Maria, where he implied that residents should be "proud" that the official death toll at the time was just 16 people, far lower than that of a "real catastrophe, like Katrina".

Trump later added in a second tweet that the larger reported death toll was the work of Democrats attempting to recast the president's successful response to the tragedy. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list.

It was that number on which Puerto Rican authorities based their official tally.

President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd in Puerto Rico previous year following Hurricane Maria. I know probably he doesn't feel that way. We know of people who lived in the dark and were forced to carry buckets of water to their homes for months. 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. "He's an illegitimate president handling this situation in this way". But Trump's confusion is understandable - or rather, it would be understandable if he were some random American retiree and not the president of the United States.

Trump's visit to Puerto Rico in October 2017 was defined by the moment he threw paper towels into a crowd of people as aid agencies and journalists warned of a major humanitarian crisis spanning the island of 3.3 million people. She compared his messages to his statements about the crowd size at his inauguration and poll numbers. I hate talking about politics and all of that, but I think this is about more than politics.

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Officials have ordered mandatory evacuations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, affecting more than a million people. Travel dates covered also vary, but most are focusing on the dates between Thursday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 16.

Cora said that while Trump is president and respects him, he doesn't agree with "a lot of stuff that he says about us". "You couldn't get to people for a long time on the island because roads were washed out, power was gone and the casualties mounted for a long time", Ryan said.

Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electricity grid, leaving the island largely without power for weeks and crippling its health care system.

"What is offensive to many of us is that even though the president dropped the ball, he is now doing a victory dance in the end zone. Let's just go in and fix it", Stewart said.

"At the time that this was happening, he was more concerned with National Football League athletes protesting and kneeling then he was concerned about what's going on in the United States", she continued.

And FEMA Administrator Brock Long has said FEMA made changes to some of its priorities and procedures.

"It's an easy applause line and I think it's an extreme way to look at it", replied Huntsman.

The Red Sox manager pointed out how his team, and other Major League Baseball clubs, helped in the relief efforts, and acknowledged that conditions in Puerto Rico are improving every day.

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