Trump Stands By Lie About Hurricane Maria: Death Toll Increased ‘Like Magic’

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana on August 30, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
September 15, 2018 11:11 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Friday evening continued to push his lie that the Hurricane Maria death toll of 3000 was made up to make him look bad.

Trump claimed on Twitter the estimation went from 64 people: “Then, like magic, ‘3000 PEOPLE KILLED.'”


Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello pushed back on Trump’s claims, telling him he’d “very much be willing to walk you through the scientific process of the study.”

“There is no reason to underscore the tragedy we have suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” he added.

Trump’s been on the defensive for days about the government’s response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, going as far as accusing Democrats of inflating the number for political gain.

He has zero evidence for his claims, and the George Washington University researchers who found the death toll stand by their report.

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