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Gidley cited other studies that blamed Maria for fewer than 3,000 deaths on the island.

Trump has previously said his administration's handling of the storms was "an incredible unsung success".

Researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University determined about 3,000 people died.

"We know a lot of people that right now are still suffering".

In a latest fit of fury, Trump successfully enraged millions of Americans by claiming the nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by two back-to-back hurricanes were fake news.

"We've been battling through it", Cora said, via NBC Sports Boston.

"It takes a man of humility, honor, and compassion to admit when they have made a tremendous and deadly mistake in caring for the American people, and we know we do not have a man in the White House who is capable of such emotions, empathy, or basic human decency", Gutierrez concluded. And those lessons are helping the agency better prepare for Hurricane Florence. Curbelo said he sees no basis for that claim. Wednesday, Trump called her "totally incompetent" when he tweeted another defense of how the emergency was managed.

In this June 1, 2018 file photo, a child shines a light on hundreds of shoes at a memorial for those killed by Hurricane Maria, in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol in San Juan. It's old people, just put it that way. While Cora acknowledged the government helped Puerto Rico, he questioned whether it did enough.

Hurricane warnings issued for parts of Carolinas
Forecasters and politicians pleaded with the public to take the warnings seriously and minced no words in describing the threat. Eastern Seaboard, with forecasters warning it could be one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the region in decades.

In a pair of tweets Thursday, Trump accused Democrats of inflating the number to make him look bad. He further claimed that he "successfully [raised] Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico".

One media outlet where Trump was not subjected to scathing criticism for his Hurricane Maria death toll denials, however, was Fox News, according to a report by ShareBlue.

"The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said. He says the process was "carried out properly".

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who publicly pleaded with Trump for a stronger response to the storm, also blasted the president.

She added another tweet saying the United States leader was "delusional, paranoid and unhinged from any sense of reality". The Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas. If the USA government's response to Hurricane Maria is any indication, we have a long way to go. But Trump hasn't been able to let the matter go.

US President Donald Trump has official figures which state 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's devastating Hurricane Maria, saying the number was invented by political rivals to undercut his image.

We are extremely concerned about the fragile state of Puerto Rico's services, infrastructure, and state of recovery going into the 2018 hurricane season, and can only hope the USA government is better prepared for this week's impending storms, including Hurricane Florence and the tropical storms building in the Caribbean.

The report came almost a year after a much-maligned visit to Puerto Rico by Trump two weeks after Maria, where he implied that residents should be "proud" that the official death toll at the time was just 16 people, far lower than that of a "real catastrophe, like Katrina".