>> That it's harder to understand. It was a very->> President Trump, Thursday, took to Twitter to dispute the official death toll from Hurricane Maria. Tweeting, 3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible.
San Juan mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, immediately struck back, tweeting, this is what denial following neglect looks like. Mr Pres, in the real world people died on your watch. Your lack of respect is appalling. A report ordered by the governor of the US territory found that an estimated 2,975 deaths could be attributed to Maria.
Still, President Trump, this week, facing a new threat from Hurricane Florence has been hailing the government's response to Maria as a success.>> I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible unsung success.>> Cruz, in an interview with Reuters Wednesday, said the President just doesn't get it.>> If he calls a success, or an unsung success, 3,000 people dying on his watch, definitely he doesn't know what success is.
>> House Speaker, Paul Ryan, pressed on the President's claims Thursday, couldn't defend Trump's position.>> So I have no reason to dispute these numbers. I was in Puerto Rico after the hurricane, it was devastated. This was a horrible storm.>> That sentiment shared by outraged lawmakers, with Twitter comments like shameful and disgusting.
One senator tweeting, you're right Mr. President, the hurricane didn't kill 3,000 people, your botched response did.