Hurricane Maria devastated large parts of Puerto Rico
14 September, 2018, 18:23
He said the toll was no greater than 18 when he visited the island previous year and "did not go up by much". "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3,000".
Trump then blamed Democrats for the figures, "to make me look as bad as possible".
The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.
Mr Trump's tweets came as Hurricane Florence - a category 2 storm projected to bring catastrophic flooding - bore down on the US East Coast.
Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria".
Trump tweeted this week: 'We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan).
The George Washington University study, requested by the governor of Puerto Rico, examined an unusually long period of time following the storm in an attempt to detect the hurricane's lingering, indirect effects on mortality.
Even a few of Mr Trump's fellow Republicans have spoken out against him.
Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the USA, is home to some 3.3 million people. "That's not - so I have no reason to dispute these numbers".
President Trump is defending his administration's response to the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico past year, disputing new findings that Hurricane Maria killed far more people than initially believed.
"I think that the FEMA director and others who were there, I think they did everything they possibly could", U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart said.
Some of Trump's critics denounced his latest tweets and statements on how he handled the response to Maria nearly a year ago.
George Washington University researchers stood by their study, responding to Trump's tweet by saying the study was carried out "with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference". "It was devastated. This was a disgusting storm", he said. "Those are just the facts of what happened".
In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid.
Stephen Lawson said DeSantis "has always worked to help the Puerto Rican community", and the former congressman representing Volusia and Flagler counties held a House oversight hearing earlier this year to identify deficiencies in the federal response to Hurricane Maria.
Cora told reporters he respects Trump, but noted that he doesn't "agree with a lot of stuff he says about us".
"I disagree with @POTUS- an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed".
Trump's administration has been faulted for its response to Hurricane Maria.
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In Holden Beach, North Carolina , in the storm's path, longtime residents were boarding up homes and securing possessions. There have been 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic at least 3 times in the last 9 years so this is not unprecedented.
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