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Mr Trump said yesterday the death toll had only been 18 when he visited the U.S. territory shortly after the storm, and claimed the higher figure had been inflated by the Democrats to "make him look bad".

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.

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier. They then compared this baseline to the actual number of deaths, and voila!

Almost 3,000 people died from the effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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.

A FEMA administrator said the bottles, pictured on pallet after pallet on a Puerto Rican runway and covered in blue plastic, were deemed surplus. "Our basic infrastructure was devastated, thousands of our people lost their lives and many others still struggle".

The president argued the report puts the death tolls of 3,000 was done by Democrats to make him look bad. "It's just what happened".

While Trump battles the media over his response to Maria, FEMA is briefing Americans on what to expect from Hurricane Florence.

Cora did credit the president for making a visit to Puerto Rico after the storm.

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Donald Trump is facing a backlash for disputing the official number of dead in hurricanes in Puerto Rico past year. Rossello says, "It's not a time to fight, to have political noise, to use these things for the benefit of one party or another".

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 president's tweets came as the government prepares for Hurricane Florence's impact on the Carolinas and set off a storm of criticism in Twitter. "The loss of any life is tragic".

That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in a report commissioned by the USA territory's governor, Ricardo Rossello.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a vocal critic of the administration's handling of the storm, has cast blame on the federal government for failing to provide adequate assistance in the aftermath of the storm, and she slammed Trump's assertion Tuesday.

"I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics".

Ryan didn't answer a question about whether Trump's claim disturbed him or whether Trump should apologize to the victims' families. He added that "casualties don't make a person look bad".

George Washington University stood by its estimate.

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