Trump sang his praise for an “incredibly successful” job done in Puerto Rico, where the government estimates thatnearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria last year.
Speaking from the White House, Mr. Trump sought to assure the public that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready for Hurricane Florence, which is currently heading toward the Carolinas, saying, “We are as ready as anybody has ever been.”
He boasted that the federal government got excellent grades for its disaster response in Texas and Florida, but he complained that the even better job done in Puerto Rico had been ignored. “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success,” Mr. Trump said.
An estimated 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. That number of deaths was the result of a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University. CNN’s own reporting reflects similar numbers. So it’s not fake news, or democratic misinformation. It’s documented by a University study. It is clear that President Trump doesn’t feel constrained to report facts if the facts are not favorable to him.