A running list of Donald Trump's conspiracy theories

14 September, 2018, 06:02 | Author: Edward Snyder
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"Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote.

Connolly is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "As time went by it did not go up by much".

Thursday's tweets drew the ire of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, who has sharply criticized both the president and his administration's response to Maria.

"The study is done by academics, not the Democratic Party", Bacon said. They then compared this baseline to the actual number of deaths, and voila! "In the real world people died on your watch".

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines say that these indirect deaths should be counted in disaster totals, but the GWU report found that "many physicians were not oriented in the appropriate certification protocol" and that "most physicians have no formal training in completing a death certificate and thus are not aware of appropriate death certification practices".

Earlier this month, the island's governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University.

He claimed that the death count during last year's disaster has been overblown with one clear goal in mind - to discredit him as Hurricane Florence is reaching mainland US's East Coast.

Trump, who famously DVRs news programs for later viewing, must have finally caught up with the controversy caused by comments he made on Tuesday in which he said his response to Hurricane Maria was "tremendous".

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said, breaking with the president. Three weeks after Maria, a HuffPost producer, a cameraman and I traveled to Puerto Rico and experienced a glimpse of what life was like there for millions after the storm.




The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital accused Trump of being "delusional".

"There's no reason to doubt the validity of these studies, no reason to expect - even though it's an estimate - that it's not far away from what the accurate toll should be", Rosselló said.

Estimates of direct deaths in a hurricane typically include those caused by drowning in a storm surge or another event that occurs while the storm is taking place.

After almost a year of controversy over the figures, the island's governor said the new estimate would now be considered the official death toll.

She said at the time that back-to-back hurricanes a year ago prompted "the largest domestic disaster response mission in history".

"There are Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida, who could make or break statewide elections in Florida in 2018 and I hope all those Puerto Ricans and all those people who know Puerto Ricans in Florida or who like Puerto Ricans, who are mad as hell at this tweet remember that the deadline to register to Florida if you moved is October 9th".

"Damn it, this is not about politics, this was always about saving lives", she told NBC television.

When a reporter asked Trump about Maria in the Oval Office, he swiftly unleashed fact-challenged defense of his response to the hurricane. And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us. The list is arranged to show the most recent studies first.

His comments run counter to how many locals and experts have assessed the federal government's response. He also trafficked in racist stereotypes about lazy Latinos by suggesting that people in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

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