Alex Cora discusses Trump's comments on Puerto Rico

Andrew Caballero  AFP  Getty ImagesA large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Sept. 12 2018

Andrew Caballero AFP Getty ImagesA large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Sept. 12 2018

"I understand the president's frustration in the sense that he has worked very hard to help Puerto Rico. that the effort to help them has been herculean", Francis said.

Mr Trump said people who died for any reason - "like old age" - had been added to the total.

In this June 1, 2018 file photo, a child shines a light on hundreds of shoes at a memorial for those killed by Hurricane Maria, in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol in San Juan.

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.

George Washington University found thousands more people died on the island after Maria than deaths in previous years.

An independent study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government estimates 2,975 people died as a result of the hurricane, but Trump said that number is false.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted to the president on Thursday: "Shame on you", including a picture of his tweet.

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".

In fact, the President has instead sought praise for his handling of Hurricane Maria, saying earlier this week that it was "an incredible, unsung success".

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"We know a lot of people that right now are still suffering".

It was the second time this week that the president had made outlandish claims about Puerto Rico, which also engendered a furious response. Sen.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, is home to some 3.3 million people. "It was just such a powerful storm", the congressman said, adding that he believes Trump "has been, I think, overly criticized for his response".

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a veteran Republican congresswoman from Florida, said Trump "has a warped mind that would turn this statistic into fake news". "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date". "The loss of any life is tragic", Scott continued, "the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching". At the time, the White House did not dispute the numbers. "It was a terrible storm". And that's really no one's fault.

The US federal government's response to Hurricane Maria has come under fresh scrutiny this week. "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico".

The "historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and un-American", said Rossello.

Mr Chavez said his agency had received complaints about the taste and smell of the water, and that Fema should accept responsibility.

She says Trump's presidency is "the theater of the absurd every day".

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