The Puerto Rico report found that an estimated 2,975 deaths could be attributed directly or indirectly to Maria from the time it struck in September 2017 to mid-February of this year.
The federal response to Hurricane Maria is under scrutiny again after photos show what appear to be millions of water bottles meant for victims of the storm still sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.
With the pending arrival of Hurricane Florence, Trump on Tuesday vowed that "the safety of the American people is my absolute highest priority" and that the government was "totally prepared" and would be "sparing no expense" in response efforts. "Texas we have been given A-pluses for". Florida, we've been given A-plusses for.
Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in November cancelled
Patrick's Day visit to the White House previous year , an offer that was reiterated by Mr Varadkar last March. He also said it could be symptomatic of how Mr Trump operates, making decisions and undoing them quickly.
A CBS reporter who picked up on the viral photos of the unused water bottles confirmed that they were brought to the island and turned over to Puerto Rico's central government. Presumably, few Puerto Rico residents, many of whom were without electricity or even water for months, were contacted during that poll. The government of Puerto Rico accepted these numbers, too, after many months in which the official death toll was listed at 64 people. It was commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and was conducted by experts at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.
"This was the worst natural disaster in our modern history", he said. "Our basic infrastructure was devastated, thousands of our people lost their lives, and many others still struggle", he said in a statement.
Trump's denial that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the September 2017 storm, determined by a government report, amounts to "denial following neglect", Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted. And I actually think, and the governor's been very nice and if you ask the governor he'll tell you what a great job. "The man has no idea".
Camerota spoke to reporter Abby Phillips as she covered Trump's newest tweets where he not only rejected the reports saying nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died because of the storm, he also accused Democrats of coming up with that estimate "to make me look as bad as possible".
"I'm sorry, sir, shame on you", Carmen Yulin Cruz said on CNN.