On The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, the South African comedian said, "You see what the president doesn't seem to understand is that the effects of a hurricane last long after the storm has already passed, like the people on the Titanic, who froze in the water still died because of the crash".
"Physician unawareness of appropriate death certification practices. and the government of Puerto Rico's lack of communication about the death certificate process.substantially limited the count of deaths related to María".
"I don't know who picked the number 3,000", Graham said.
Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports. And she was quick to respond to Trump's tweets on Puerto Rico's death toll, declaring that the comments "might be a new low". "If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list".
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. You should never be content with everything we did.
"All the experts agree that the number of 64 is not real", he said, referencing the Puerto Rican government's official hurricane death count before the GWU study. Wallace mused. "That seems to me to be a whole new level of horror from this West Wing".
A George Washington University study in July found that 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, which struck the island territory in September 2017.
Trump was widely panned for his insensitive tweets. He worked in the Obama administration, and previous year travelled to the island to help in the aftermath of Maria.
It used the "best science" available, he said, but they will continue to study deaths from Maria and revise the number if necessary.
The researchers also factored in migration away from Puerto Rico in the wake of the storms.
Ms Cruz then shot back: "If he thinks the death of 3,000 people is a success God help us all". "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
A report released this summer by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified deficiencies in the administration's response, including that the agency was not adequately staffed heading into the hurricane season.
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