After Donald Trump took to his Twitter account on Thursday morning to deny the official death toll from Hurricane Maria, as Inquisitr reported, which slammed into Puerto Rico nearly exactly one year ago, outraged reaction poured in not only on social media, but from politicians and journalists as well, with even one Republican congresswoman slamming Trump for his "warped mind".
The death toll in Puerto Rico has steadily climbed in the months after the storms passed - and was put at almost 3,000 last month by an analysis from George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico. As time went by it did not go up by much.
The report was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government and compiled by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. "If you want people to take your message seriously maybe have higher production quality than a mid-level YouTube star... It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response".
Eye of the storm: An image taken from aboard the International Space Station shows Hurricane Florence approaching the east coast of the US States.
"Spokesman Hogan Gidley said Thursday that the" liberal media" and Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz are trying to exploit the island's devastation by "pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations".
But on Thursday, Trump clarified his rationale for considering the hurricane response a triumph of disaster management: Hurricane Maria killed (at most) 18 Puerto Ricans - all those other deaths were fabricated by the Democratic Party to make Donald Trump look bad. "Ron DeSantis is committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after a tragic loss of life".
And House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said, "I have no reason to dispute these numbers". "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!".
"I think that the FEMA director and others who were there, I think they did everything they possibly could", U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart said.
Photos have emerged showing 20,000 pallets of bottled water meant for victims still sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, a year after the storm. "Those are just the facts of what happened".
"We've been battling through it", Cora said, via NBC Sports Boston. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, also a native of Puerto Rico, skipped the visit to gather supplies for relief from Hurricane Maria.
A United States government report published this month concluded that the federal response in Puerto Rico was hampered by a lack of trained staff as well as by major logistical challenges.
And FEMA Administrator Brock Long has said FEMA made changes to some of its priorities and procedures.
President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd in Puerto Rico a year ago following Hurricane Maria.
In one Twitter post, Trump accused "Democrats" of fabricating the revised death toll "to make me look as bad as possible".
"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said before Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.