Congress gave the pass to Trump on Puerto Rico deaths

Congress gave the pass to Trump on Puerto Rico deaths

"Embattled FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long said Sunday that the figures for how many people died as a result of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago are 'all over the place, ' in remarks that echoed Trump's efforts to cast doubt on a George Washington University study finding there were almost 3,000 excess deaths on the island in the months after the storm", the Post wrote. We can make personal connections to the lives impacted by Hurricane Maria with empathetic engagement.

In one such cartoon, drawn by Marshall Ramsey and shared on Twitter by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, Trump was shown pointing angrily at rows of graves labeled "Maria victims" as he shouted "stop making me look bad!"

The George Washington University, however, stands by the number it quoted and has mentioned that there are no doubts regarding the authenticity of the study.

"He's been incredibly supportive of me and this staff", Long said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "You can't blame spousal abuse after a disaster on anybody", Long said.

President Donald Trump sparked widespread outrage last week after he repeatedly rejected findings that put the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria at almost 3,000. "He contended that the crucial figure is 'direct deaths - which is the wind, the water and the waves, buildings collapsing".

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump tweeted. "But if you want to get into Puerto Rico from the standpoint of what needs to happen next, you've got to fix aging infrastructure that wasn't ready to support the commonwealth before that storm hit, and when they were blown out it exponentially causes problems on the back end".

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The GWU study states that researchers took into account regular and predicted death rates, death certificate data and other relevant information before using a sophisticated mathematical model to estimate so-called "excess deaths" in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

"Thousands of Puerto Ricans have similar stories". "The people who pass away in these storms are the most vulnerable. They have lost children, friends, & family members", Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

Long's comments come days after reports emerged that he was under investigation by a federal watchdog for misusing government vehicles for personal use.

A Homeland Security Department official familiar with the matter told The Washington Post last week that the agency's inspector general is investigating Long over allegations that he used a government vehicle to travel between Washington and his home in Hickory, N.C.

"I would never intentionally violate any rules that I was aware of", he said.

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