REPORT: San Juan mayor blasts Trump over ‘neglect’ and death toll statistics related to 2017 hurricanes

BY TRACY MATHESON / SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 /

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Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, blasted President Trump on Thursday after the president claimed without evidence that the death toll as a result of a Hurricane Maria had been inflated by Democrats to make him look bad.

“This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch. YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!” Cruz tweeted.

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“Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER. You will never take away our self respect. Shame on you!” she added in a subsequent tweet.

Trump on Thursday cast doubt on studies that found nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year.

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths,” Trump tweeted. “As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”

He went on to claim that Democrats were responsible for the increased death toll as part of a plot to make him look “as bad as possible.”

“If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!” Trump tweeted.

Puerto Rico officials late last month increased the death toll as a result of the 2017 storm to 2,975 after a study by the George Washington University that assessed the aftermath of the hurricane found the number was significantly higher than the 64 deaths that had originally been reported.

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4 Comments

  1. Steve September 13th, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Any deaths are due to their own corruption and incompetence.Look in the mirror that’s who to blame not President Trump

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  2. Shirley Blanchard September 13th, 2018 at 11:17 am

    For such an accurate number count, I’m sure you have the documented cause for each death…that will determine where the fault lies. Was it from the natural occurrence of the hurricane or your lack of providing those with needed supplies that you so conveniently and deliberately withheld from the people?

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  3. Nancy September 13th, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Maybe, just maybe one of those 4 tractor trailers could have saved people, you know those ones they found stashed away.. how about mayor you taking care of your people PRIOR to instead of looking for a handout.

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  4. Fran September 13th, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Those poor people wouldn’t have died if they’d had food and water which you left to rot. Why are you still the Mayer is beyond me!

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