Members of his own party gathered plenty of criticism earlier this week for claiming without evidence that members of the Democratic Party ginned up the death toll in order to smear the name of the President.
President Donald Trump has been "overly criticized" for his response to the deadly storm that struck Puerto Rico a year ago, but neither the president nor his critics should be politicizing the tragedy, Rep. Chris Stewart said.
Trump tweeted at 7:05 p.m. Friday, about four hours after the first reported deaths from Florence were announced, that he visited Puerto Rico last October and was told by officials on the island that 16 people had died. As time went by, it did not go up by that much. They then compared this baseline to the actual number of deaths, and voila!
Trump disputes Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico
US President Donald Trump has official figures which state 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's devastating Hurricane Maria, saying the number was invented by political rivals to undercut his image.
The study, commissioned by Puerto Rico and carried out by George Washington University, found 2,975 people died in the aftermath of Maria, a grueling six-month period in which many lacked electricity. The study says the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a frequent critic of Trump, was appalled by his latest message. Some Puerto Ricans are still without power.
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In New Bern, rescue crews saved pulled hundreds of people from flooded homes and still needed to rescue dozens more on Saturday. In Wilmington, Solange Iliou Thompson closed down her restaurant, Indochine, because all of her employees had left the city.
Trump reignited the controversy around the USA government's management of the disaster when he said Tuesday it was an "incredible, unsung success".
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the status of Hurricane Florence and preparations for its landfall, in the Oval Office Tuesday. Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?
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He argued that the thousands who died were counted after "a long time" after the two hurricanes hit the island.
And House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said, "I have no reason to dispute these numbers".
"I just think if we can keep politics out of it, help those people who are suffering, I just think that's a better response".
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The government warned people to stay indoors but some were strolling in parks or along the waterfront on Sunday morning. As the storm moved past Macau to the south, streets became submerged under water gushing in from the harbour.
But the Democrats at the press conference stuck with the theme that the Trump administration failed in its response to the hurricane.