After President Trump disputed the official government death toll in Puerto Rico left by Hurricane Maria, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora called the remarks "disrespectful" and said it was frustrating that accounts of devastation on the island continue to be debated.
"I was there a long time, there was a transformer fire and the power went out, when they started dying then?" He added that "casualties don't make a person look bad".
"You can question maybe the methodology, that's fine, but to cast doubt on an entire study because it doesn't suit your political narrative and because you think hundreds of deaths are about you, that dishonors the living and the dead", she said. Trump tweeted that the reported number of about 3,000 was inaccurate and had been pushed by opponents just to make him look bad.
"What is wrong with the president, and truly, what is wrong with the White House staff that lets him deny the deaths of the people of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria?"
"No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during, and after the hurricane", Democratic nominee and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum tweeted.
Almost every study and report into the hurricane estimates a significantly higher toll than the early official estimates mentioned by the president.
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However, that figure wasn't good enough for U.S. President Donald Trump. And today I really wanted to stay focused on telling stories about the ongoing issues on the island post-Maria. The previous official death toll on the island was 64 until researchers shared their report with the Puerto Rican government.
Today I was supposed to write about how children in Puerto Rico are still struggling to overcome the trauma of Hurricane Maria, their lives completely changed by the loved ones they lost and the destruction they faced in the aftermath of the storm.
President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to challenge these numbers and their relationship to both the hurricane and his administration's handling of the matter.
Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina with heavy rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the us southeast. You should never be content with everything we did.
"We stand by the science underlying our study", the statement said. "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".
Cora, who spends time in Puerto Rico in the offseason, said many people on the island are still struggling, but he's encouraged by the progress being made every day. The university study included Puerto Ricans who died of the heat, lack of water, lack of power, and other results of the storm; they had not been previously counted in official figures.