Trump Accuses Democrats of Altering Statistics on Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

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President Donald Trump is notorious for making false claims and denying any set of information that makes him look bad - even if it's from his own government. That neglect, she said, led to a breakdown in communication during last year's storm, which killed almost 3,000 people and devastated the island.

Trump's baseless allegations came in a string of Thursday tweets rejecting the official tally that found the catastrophic storm resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", Trump wrote.

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad.

This is not the first time Trump has tried to downplay the catastrophic hurricane, during his visit to the island soon after Maria hit, Trump said Puerto Ricans should be thankful it wasn't a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina.

He also complained Friday that the Puerto Rican government commissioned an independent study by researchers from a Washington-based university to determine how many people died in the storm.

But the San Juan mayor Trump attacked, Carmen Yulin Cruz, told CNN the president's words added "insult to injury".

Until late August, the official numbers showed that 64 people died because of Hurricane Maria, despite some doubts hanging over this information. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!'

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This Friday, Trump used Twitter to yet again cast doubt over the estimated 2,975 people who were killed on US territory by Hurricane Maria.

Trump reignited the controversy around the US government's management of the disaster when he said Tuesday it was an "incredible, unsung success".

Trump was asked about his administration's handling of last year's storm in Puerto Rico as the government prepares for the impact of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence began battering North Carolina on Thursday night, beginning an onslaught that will provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency a chance to fix its bruised reputation following the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

Political officials from both sides of the aisle condemned the president's statements and said they believed the death toll.

Long is spearheading recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence as it continues to batter the Carolinas.

"I disagree with @POTUS", Scott tweeted. Mr. Trump appeared confident that the federal response would be on par to his other "A pluses" in Texas and Florida, assuring those in the path of the storm: "We'll handle it, we're ready, we're able".