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A man surveys a house of which was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017.
Trump’s comments came hours before Hurricane Florence was supposed to hammer the Carolina coast.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said “there can be no reason to dispute” the official death toll when asked about Trump’s tweet by reporters Thursday morning.
“This kind of was a devastating storm of which hit an isolated island along with of which’s genuinely no one’s fault,” Ryan added.
completely new Jersey Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez, however, blasted Trump on Twitter, saying his “botched response” to the hurricanes was to blame for the thousands of deaths in Puerto Rico.
Trump had visited Puerto Rico shortly after Maria’s devastation in October. He had been told on of which trip by a Puerto Rican official of which 16 deaths had been confirmed via the hurricane.
The death count was later raised to 64, which drew intense scrutiny via critics for being a severe underestimate of the total number.