Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump Administration's 'Neglect' 'Inaction' Caused Deaths in Puerto Rico

Congress gave the pass to Trump on Puerto Rico deaths

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Brock Long has suggested that widely reported death toll figures from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico may be inflated because deaths from unrelated events made their way into the numbers.

Then the president got to thinking about Puerto Rico, and the musings of another human typhoon, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, came to mind.

On Thursday he claimed that the death toll in Puerto Rico was a Democratic ploy to "make me look as bad as possible". "We leaned in with every bit of energy we could as a federal agency".

Long gave other examples - increased heart attacks because of stress, people falling off their house trying to fix the roof or dying in vehicle crashes in intersections where the lights aren't working.

"Spousal abuse goes through the roof".

Alternatively, in an article titled "Trump says USA response to Puerto Rico hurricanes was "incredible, unsung success", Fox News took a much softer approach.

In a piece in which he argues Trump's claim will cause future deaths because they will think storms are less severe and not take proper precautions, Aaron Blake of the Fix began "President Trump is a conspiracy theorist".

Trump also claimed that "if a person died for any reason, like old age", the researchers would "just add them onto the list". More fatalities had been expected, and the government hired a team from George Washington University to review the number based on death certificates and a more in-depth research. It would be inaccurate to say everyone who died in Puerto Rico in the ensuing six months died as a result of the storm.

On CNN's State of the Union, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat who ousted U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in a congressional district primary in June, strongly criticized the "neglect and government inaction" in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which she described as "the worst humanitarian crisis in modern American history". My grandfather was in a medical facility and he had passed away in the middle of the night.

Building on comments he made earlier in the week in which he said "3,000 people did not die", the President on Saturday said the number appeared "like magic" and there was "no way" it could be accurate.

Fourteen people have died from the storm as of Sunday morning as Florence continues to slam the mid-Atlantic coast. They have lost children, friends, & family members, ' Ocasio-Cortez responded on her Twitter account. They are our elderly. When power is not restored, when infrastructure is not taken seriously, these are the first people who pass away in storms.

On Sunday, Long acknowledged that he is being investigated but denied that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked for his resignation.



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