President Trump to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week

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In a pair of tweets late Friday, Trump first quoted a Washington Post story, which recounted that he had been told only 16 people had died in the storm when he visited the island last September, shortly after Maria made landfall.

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 on to the list", he tweeted.

He then included Fox Business Lou Dobb's response slamming the "corrupt" Puerto Rican governments: "The people of Puerto Rico have one of the most corrupt governments in our country".

They extrapolated that data to estimate 4,600 people died as a direct result of the hurricane, including those who were not able to access vital medical treatment.

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said.

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President Trump speaks after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Florence from FEMA administrator Brock Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "Now we know why he's so orange, his brain is just melted pumpkin guts". Jeff Merkley's claim that the Trump administration diverted $10 million from FEMA to ICE for housing illegal immigrants caught up in the President Trump's zero tolerance policy at the border. She then added, "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy". "The people that went through this, they know what happened", Cora said.

He was criticised for treating a visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane like a rally, mimicking a basketball player as he threw paper towels to Puerto Rican residents at a local relief centre.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello commissioned George Washington University's Public Health School to look into the question.

Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an "incredible unsung success".

"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. Many Puerto Ricans who fled from Maria relocated in Florida, a crucial swing state central to the president's election and Republican control of Congress. As reporters noted, Donald Trump appeared indifferent to the tragedy, praising Puerto Rico's weather and downplaying the death toll.

The Democratic lawmakers called on the administration to support more funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as back a formal review into what went wrong.