Trump Tweets Out Outdated Death Count for Hurricane Florence

Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria

Photos reportedly show massive stockpile of bottled water left on a runway for more than a year in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

-Sen. Ed MarkeyIn a pair of tweets, Trump insisted that "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

Hurricane Florence is the first major test of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since its much-criticized response to Maria, which caused devastation when it struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm a year ago.

There are also no state or federal guidelines in the U.S. for calculating storm or hurricane-related deaths.

As Business Insider noted, Trump has been angry that what he saw as a generous gesture is being portrayed as insensitive to the destruction that the hurricane brought to Puerto Rico.

As Hurricane Florence continued its destructive path in North and SC on Friday, President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017.

However, that figure wasn't good enough for U.S. President Donald Trump.

Hundreds of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are still sitting at a Puerto Rico airport - almost a year after the deadly storm, according to a report.

Landslide at Greek beach on Zakynthos caught on camera
A couple of small vessels overturned from the force of the fall that caused high waves, witnesses told authorities. Tons of rock broke away from the cliff face, falling down onto the popular " Shipwreck Beach " in Zante .


Ottmar Chavez, now administrator of Puerto Rico's General Services Administration, said FEMA reported that it had about 20,000 pallets of bottled water in excess in May this year, before Chavez was appointed.

President Donald Trump is notorious for making false claims and denying any set of information that makes him look bad - even if it's from his own government.

The president raised eyebrows Tuesday when he touted the response efforts in a meeting to go over preparations for the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence inching toward the Carolinas. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs, his campaign's Puerto Rico outreach chair. If you're suggesting that every person who gets sick and dies months after a storm comes through because the infrastructure is inadequate, or medical supplies aren't available, or because they were bitten by a dog who might have been too hungry because he lost his owners in the storm, are directly attributable to the hurricane, then... "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

After enduring months of criticism for not fully reckoning with the toll of Maria, the Puerto Rico's government quickly adopted the study as itsofficial death toll.

"I disagree with @POTUS", Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, said on Twitter. "I'll take that but the rest of the 3,000 and plus more died because of the aftermath because of the lack of help that he gave", added Santos-Vasquez. In fact, the independent study was commissioned by Puerto Rico and done by researchers at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 11, including 10 in North Carolina and one in SC.

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