Trump denies reality of 3,000 dead Americans

Burke and Chris Rayner load generators as people buy supplies at The Home Depot on Monday Sept. 10 2018 in Wilmington N.C

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President Donald Trump washed his hands of any responsibility for the almost 3,000 deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last fall, even blaming Democrats for manipulating the figures to make him look bad.

The photos began circulating on social media Tuesday, the same day President Trump again praised the government's response to Maria during a meeting with top DHS and FEMA officials.

On Tuesday, Trump described the hurricane as "tremendously big and tremendously wet", and praised the government's maligned response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths".

The mayor of Ceiba, Angel Cruz Ramos, told CNN he's grateful for the generosity, but believes that too much water was delivered at the wrong time. Trump blamed Democrats for reporting large figures in order to make him look bad. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list.

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Ramos told ABC he's not sure how long the bottles have been sitting there, but a report from the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration says FEMA made a delivery of "excess bottled water" in April. At the time, the government's death toll stood at 64.

A study published last month from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, which was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, found that government emergency plans in place when Maria hit were not designed for hurricanes greater than a Category 1.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló shot back in a statement that "the historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican" and "certainly not a successful relationship". "If you're in Florence's path and considering riding it out, your president just said that a hurricane response where 3,000 die is his measure of success". The new report looks at how power outages and medical infrastructure also impacted lives and led to deaths on the stricken island.

Santana's images appear to have been taken by drone, and he accompanied them saying, "Although you do not believe it ... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the people of PR, before the emergency of Hurricane Maria".

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