Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll

As the first effects of the incoming Hurricane Florence were felt as it barreled into Carolinas, Trump first suggested on Twitter that the "really large numbers" of reported deaths were inflated before blaming it on the opposition party.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president's visit will likely take place early to middle week once it's clear his visit won't hamper search and rescue efforts.

Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday and has claimed the lives of at least 6 people.

President Donald Trump falsely claimed Thursday that research from the Milken Institute School of Public Health estimating 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria was "done by the Democrats" to "make me look as bad as possible".

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Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of the storm, according to an estimate from researchers at Georgetown University that was adopted by the Puerto Rican government as the official death toll for the storm. Trump has said, without evidence, that death total is not accurate. More than 100 people died as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. "As time went by it did not go up by much".

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports.

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

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