Colbert Goes After Trump for ‘Sickening’ Comments on Hurricane Maria Death Toll

Stephen Colbert is not too happy with President Donald Trump’s recent challenges to the viral death toll numbers in Puerto Rico last year caused by Hurricane Maria.

In a report published two weeks ago, researchers at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., concluded that 2,975 “excess deaths” were linked to the Hurricane.

The study — done by the school’s Milken Institute of Public Health — reported that the deaths occurred between September of last year and February of this year.

Several other reports have also put the death toll in the thousands.

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to challenge these numbers and their relationship to both the hurricane and his administration’s handling of the matter.

The president wrote in a tweet, “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”

He continued, “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. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018

…..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. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018

The study from GWU says several factors led to deaths being reported long after the storm had hit.

“The team found that lack of communication, well-established guidelines and training for physicians on how to certify deaths in disasters resulted in a limited number of deaths being identified as hurricane

Source:: LifeZette

      

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