Ricardo Rossello, governor of Puerto Rico, pushed back Thursday against President Donald Trump’s false claim that the death toll from Hurricane Maria has been inflated, according to an AP report.
“The victims of Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico in general, do not deserve to be questioned about their pain,” Rossello said in a Facebook video post. “It’s not a time to fight, to have political noise, to use these things for the benefit of one party or another. It is time to remember all those who lost their lives. It is time to acknowledge their pain and the sacrifice that everyone has made in the name of recovery.”
He added that the process of tallying up the casualty count was “carried out properly.”
Trump claimed without evidence that the death toll, 2,975, was inflated by Democrats to make him look bad.