The estimate of almost 3,000 dead in the six months after Maria was made by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. "I have no reason to dispute these numbers. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote.
Especially upset were GOP politicians in Florida, a state with a substantial Puerto Rican population. "The loss of any life is tragic".
Trump tweeted this week: 'We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan).
At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane". The answer hinges on one fundamental question: What constitutes a disaster death? "Direct" deaths include such fatalities as drownings in a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building. "The people that went through this, they know what happened".
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He added, "This was a devastating storm that hit an isolated island, and that's really no one's fault".
Other Republican members of Congress also reaffirmed, as Ryan did, their belief in the government-sanctioned study that showed a much higher number than originally reported.
Below is a list of studies that have estimated the death toll there.
In a statement, the institute said it would "stand by the science underlying our study".
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides doctors with a set of recommendations for counting such deaths as those caused by natural disasters, but the guidelines were nearly never followed by Puerto Rican doctors in the chaos after the storm.
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Dr Carlos Santos-Burgoa, the lead researcher on the study, said: "We are scientists. If he thinks the death of 3,000 people [is] a success God help us all". Bottom line is, we are concentrating on what we call critical lifelines - health, safety, security.
Hurricane Maria hit past year as the Trump administration was feeling positive about the handling of massive hurricanes in Florida and Texas last summer.
President Donald Trump's pathological inability to admit error, his insatiable appetite for praise, his complete absence of empathy and his debilitating weakness for conspiracy theories have now combined to create a grotesque, if predictable, spectacle. Add Puerto Rico as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Puerto Rico news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Cruz maintains the federal government's response was slow and inadequate. After the number was revised August 28, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement in which she did not actively dispute the revised figure.
"It's my family, and it was my home for a long time", Cassidy said. According to him, a total number of 16,601 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricanes that hit the islands. A US territory since 1898, Puerto Rico's inhabitants are citizens, though they can not vote in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers. The goal? To make him look bad, of course!
Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia says that if Democrats win back the House they will investigate the "failures of FEMA and the response of the administration" after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
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