VIDEO: Paul Ryan weighs in on accuracy of hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico

BY TRACY MATHESON / SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 /

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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan disagreed Thursday with President Donald Trump’s assertion that the death toll from last year’s hurricane in Puerto Rico was inflated.

Ryan told reporters he had  “no reason to dispute” the findings of a study commissioned by Puerto Rico’s government that put its death toll at nearly 3,000 people.

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“You couldn’t get to people for a long time on the island because roads were washed out, power was gone and the casualties mounted for a long time,” Ryan said when asked about Trump’s tweet. “So I have no reason to dispute those numbers. Those are just the facts of what happens when a horrible hurricane hits an isolated place like an island.”

Trump had questioned the findings of a study released last month by George Washington University that examined the toll from Hurricane Maria. From September 2017 to February 2018, 2,975 people died, according to that report.

“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

But Ryan said, “Casualties don’t make a person look bad.”

Ryan didn’t answer a question about whether Trump’s claim disturbed him or whether Trump should apologize to the victims’ families. He reiterated that there’s no reason to dispute the numbers.

“It’s a function of, this was a devastating storm that hit an isolated island,” he said. “And that’s really no one’s fault. That is just what happened.”

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3 Comments

  1. Neysa Rinkenberger September 13th, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Ring Ryan..why didn’t you mention part of the deaths might have been because the food and water sent by us did not get distributed to the people by the corrupt government there.

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  2. Lanette Hei September 13th, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    And what were the issues Trump ran on, he was the one that brought up the Corruption, that runs rampant in Governments. I Remember how he talked about the infrastructure in our Country that needs a lot of work. It’s getting so rundown. That island is part of the U.S. There Electrical system was a mess. It was there local Government plus the Federal Government, who is not working to fix Infastructure failures in all of the U S. But when he brought up these issues during the Election, he was run down for ever saying anything like that about Government. So then they turned it the other way , by using the Resist campaign instead of doing their jobs for People of America. Including that Mayor of a town in Puerto Rico who was running down Trump instead of doing her Job. Getting relief out to he People. She spent more time getting attention wearing a resistance to Trump instead of doing her job which was in the Government. Where was she when the Electrical grids were getting so bad on her Ialand. Why was she not resisting then.The ones Who were running the Government before it got in such bad shape. Blaming Trump for conditions that were there way before he was ever in Office is ridiculous.

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  3. Audrey A Lamar September 13th, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    And did anyone else notice that the mayor of that city had a special Anti Trump hat and T-shirt made, that she wore DURING the hurricane. My questions have always been, when was the hat and T-shirt made. Was they hanging in her closet for a rainy day (hurricane) And if the made during the hurricane, how did she get them BEFORE she got help for her city. She talks about President Trump’s actions. I would say her actions showed that she really didn’t care for her city as much as she tried to run our President Donald J TRUMP in the ground. What the mayor and the main stream media fails to mention that besides the fact it is an island and can ONLY get there by plane or boat. Porto Rico was already in the RED AND already had POOR INFRASTRUCTURE. Their electric poles etc were OLD AND OUTDATED. This mayor should be THANKING President Trump for the help. Because of the help the whole islands electrical grid etc is being UPDATED AND NEW!!!! Something they probably never would have gotten from the last administration. Just saying.

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