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Trump again harps on Hurricane Maria death toll as Florence kills in the Carolinas


With the deadly remnants of Hurricane Florence still pounding the Carolinas, President Donald Trump took to Twitter again late Friday night to question the number of deaths in Puerto Rico attributed to last year’s Hurricane Maria.

Having already drawn widespread criticism from members of his own party earlier this week for a claim made without evidence that the death toll was ginned up by Democrats in order to slime him, Trump once again tried to cast doubt on the estimated 2,975 killed by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. territory. He suggested speciously that George Washington University — whose researchers analyzed mortality data in Puerto Rico in order to determine how many people died during the hurricane and its aftermath — created the numbers “like magic” through an unprecedented and unproven method.

“When Trump visited the island territory last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died from Maria,” Trump tweeted, appearing to attribute the quote to the Washington Post. “This was long AFTER the hurricane took place. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. Then, like magic, “3000 PEOPLE KILLED.”

He went on (read the rest here).