House Speaker Ryan doesn't dispute Puerto Rico death toll


The official figure was released last month after an independent study. Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island previous year and not just the 64 in the official death toll.

The retiring Illinois Democrat-who announced this week that he will not run to be Chicago's next mayor and has expressed interest in moving to Puerto Rico after he leaves Congress-then ripped Trump for not showing enough "humility" in admitting what Gutierrez claimed was a "tremendous and deadly mistake" after Hurricane Maria.

"Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER", she tweeted.

Earlier this month, the island's governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University.

Trump also bragged about his handling of Hurricane Maria past year and said the death toll has been inflated.

Repeated power cuts also led to an increased number of deaths from diabetes and sepsis.

A recent federal report found that almost 3,000 people died in Maria's wake in Puerto Rico, with damages estimated at about $100 billion.

But the San Juan mayor Trump attacked, Carmen Yulin Cruz, told CNN the president's words added "insult to injury".

"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.

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"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.

Hurricane Florence is the first major test of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since its much-criticized response to Maria, which caused devastation when it struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm a year ago. "Ron is focused on continuing to help our Puerto Rican neighbors recover and create opportunities for those who have moved to Florida succeed".

"The president of the United States countered with a tweet claiming Dimon lacked "'smarts'" (with unnecessary quote marks) and is a "nervous mess".

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat, said the president was "delusional".

"My teams knew about it but first they will say, "no we cannot use them, ' months later water was no good for human consumption", he tweeted. The loss of any life is tragic". "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers".

The statement from the Milken Institute School of Public Health said the their assessment is the most "accurate and unbiased" assessment of mortality following the storm. And that's really no one's fault. "Those are just the facts of what happened". That includes deaths as a result of infrastructure failures that came as a result of the hurricane.

Ottmar Chavez, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) in Puerto Rico, said he only became aware of the water bottles on Wednesday.

"The missing part was empathy", Mr. Bossert said.

Navarro said Thursday that that was because the president's tweets were politically damaging for those associated with him.