Puerto Rico's governor raised the territory's official death toll from 64 to 2,975 last month after an independent study found that the number of people who died in the chaotic six-month aftermath from last September's hurricane had been severely undercounted.
He claimed the Democrats were behind the figure in order to politically discredit him.
Ottmar Chavez, now administrator of Puerto Rico's General Services Administration, said FEMA reported that it had about 20,000 pallets of bottled water in excess in May this year, before Chavez was appointed. "I'll continue to help PR", he tweeted.
UPDATE: Gov. Rick Scott, Republican and candidate for U.S. Senate, has weighed in too.
"Ron DeSantis is committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after such a tragic loss of life", his spokesman Stephen Lawson said in an email. First, in an Oval Office briefing on Tuesday, he called FEMA's response to Hurricane Maria "an incredible, unsung success". Trump visited the island in early October to assess the situation amid widespread criticism over the recovery efforts.
Puerto Rico Gov. Rosello chided Trump for his comments and asked for more federal resources to help the island's recovery almost one year after Maria hit. How else to explain his decision, as a hurricane looms off the United States coast, to call adjusted Puerto Rican death-toll figures from Hurricane Maria a Democratic-inspired plot against him?
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The Hot Topics table was sacked up this morning on "The View", as the show dove into President Donald Trump's latest tweets saying a report on the death toll in Puerto Rico was inflated to make him look bad. For months the government there has said it would accept the results of the George Washington study.
Offering an emphatic rebuke of Trump was Alan Levine, a member of the Florida university system's Board of Governors who noted he voted for Trump in 2016. That led the cable news coverage that evening, further angering the president, according to one of the people.
"Any death, whether one or 3,000 is a tragedy". "That doesn't mean you caused it, and it's not about you. Show compassion for the families", Levine wrote.
"Our goal is to provide a way to move forward, to get away from the controversy of numbers and move into, what can we do to protect and prevent [deaths] in the future?" "And over at Fox News Puerto Rico never happened", she said". Well, let me remind him about the Obama administration's response to Haiti.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also stood by the George Washington estimate.
"I think if you haven't lost someone in Puerto Rico, if you're just an American citizen, if you're just a human and have any empathy for anyone else, you should feel that this is grotesque", she said. "But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us".