Trump Claims Falsely That Hurricane Maria Death Toll Has Been Inflated

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In his common practice of denying the veracity of facts he doesn’t like, President Donald Trump is contradicting, without evidence, the Puerto Rican government’s official tally of 2,975 people who died during or as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Trump caused widespread outcry on Tuesday when he called the emergency efforts after Hurricane Maria an “incredible unsung success” despite the thousands of people who died.

The comment was especially clumsy, as Hurricane Florence is currently bearing down on the southeast coast, promising widespread damage and danger.

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