Puerto Rico's storm death toll of 3 000 is a Democrat plot

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With Hurricane Florence fast approaching the southeastern US and due to make landfall on Thursday, Trump pointed to his administration's emergency preparedness, saying he handled the situation in Puerto Rico well, despite what critics said. Bottom line is, we are concentrating on what we call critical lifelines - health, safety, security.

After some digging, FEMA is saying the bottles became "excess" when the tap water in Puerto Rico came back on. In August, after a thorough review, Puerto Rican officials accepted a revised estimate of the dead as 2,975.

The death toll in Hurricane Maria is estimated to be almost 3,000, a steep increase from the initial 64.

"We're talking about the fact that this government allowed its own citizens to die", Hostin said.

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, seized on Trump's use of the word "successful" and said in a statement issued later Tuesday: "No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called "successful" because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states". "It is time to acknowledge their pain and the sacrifice that everyone has made in the name of recovery".

Trump visited Puerto Rico on October 3 of a year ago, when the death toll was estimated to be 16, comparing the storm favorably to Katrina saying "Sixteen versus in the thousands". He says the process was "carried out properly".

He also said the Democrats were "trying to make [him] look bad" by reporting the high numbers of deaths.

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Cruz tweeted Thursday, "Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality".

"Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him. They really do not have any connection with reality and it just shows that for him, everything is about him and political posturing", she said.

The feud between Cruz and Trump goes back to when the Category 4 storm hit last September 20.

According to CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, the water bottles were provided by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and then handed over to the central government, which failed to distribute the supplies.

Of course, the 2,975-person death toll from Hurricane Maria was not a Democratic ploy to hurt Trump.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", Ryan argued.

Trump spoke about the response to Hurricane Maria as he discussed preparations for Hurricane Florence, a massive storm that is heading toward the U.S. East Coast, threatening record rains and historic flooding. "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", the president said, as reported by CNN.