Trump says Puerto Rico death toll inflated by Democrats: ‘3000 people did not die’ | TheHill
A Washington Post–Kaiser Family Foundation study showed 80 percent of island residents disapprove of his response.
Trump’s claims fly in the face of a George Washington University study commissioned by Puerto Rico’s governor examining the effects of Maria in the six months following landfall in September 2017.
The long time period was used to determine the hurricane’s lingering effect on deaths on the island. It compared the death rates in the post-hurricane period to other periods not affected by natural disasters.
Puerto Rico’s government endorsed the results of the study once it was released and raised its official death toll, which previously sat at 64. Skeptics believed that number was too low, given that Maria resulted in widespread property damage, destroyed key infrastructure across the island and cut off access to basic services.