Dems go after Trump for disputing PR death toll

Resident Mirian Medina stands on her property about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island

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

According to Trump, the high number "was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible".

Other than from politicians, scorn flowed in from celebrities, the media, and the anti-Trump #resistance.

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

Meanwhile, yet another monster storm spins towards the East Coast, millions of US citizens are in harm's way, and he's tweeting about two-day old news. The territory then raised the official death toll again to reflect that estimate.

Among the voices correcting the president's tweets online was that of Spencer Cox, Utah's Republican lieutenant governor, who went to Puerto Rico to do volunteer aid work in the aftermath of the 2017 Hurricane season. Puerto Rico upped its official estimate to 1,427 in a July draft report.

While Hostin said she "would never" company anyone to Hitler, she said Trump simply just "did not care enough" in this instance.

Suddenly, the official toll was revised to 2,975, reflecting the results of a study done by George Washington University.

Repeated power cuts also led to an increased number of deaths from diabetes and sepsis.

Just when you thought President Donald Trump couldn't drag the country further into the dumpster fire of 2018, he found a way. "Ron DeSantis is committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after a tragic loss of life".

The politics of the Thursday-morning tweets are rough. Salon notes that nobody corrected him by pointing out that Puerto Rico is a territory of the US.

The Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, in differing tones, also separated themselves from Trump's statement. "May God bless the souls of the almost 3,000 Americans that died in Puerto Rico and may he take pity on your soul Mr President". We still don't know for sure how many people died when the storm hit and because of the horrific flood in the few days after. Instead, the recovery effort has devolved into a political tug-of-war that now includes debate over "legitimate" deaths from this tragedy.

A FEMA administrator said the bottles, pictured on pallet after pallet on a Puerto Rican runway and covered in blue plastic, were deemed surplus.

San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said the president's comments "added insult to injury".

"As chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, he conducted an oversight hearing earlier this year to identify deficiencies in the federal response to Hurricane Maria", the campaign said of DeSantis, who this week resigned from Congress to focus on the gubernatorial race.

"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.

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