Listen: Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump and Hurricane Maria discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"Thanks Brad Brad chance at from our affiliate W BT in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keep up the intention prayers. Look slow this thing down. Look, we're not going to get credit for it. If we do stop it. But you know, what it's worth it. President Donald Trump accused Democrats of inflating the three thousand person death count from last year's hurricanes in Puerto Rico in order to quote, make me look bad on quote, the accusation by. Mr. Trump's latest attempt to defend his handling of natural disasters as hurricane Florence bears down on the southeastern US at a pair of tweets. Here we go again, President Trump disputed an independent report commissioned by Puerto Rico's government that raised the death toll from hurricane Maria to twenty nine hundred seventy five Howard bloom is with us. I asked him to work on this story force Howard. I have one quick question for you before we get to your report, they did come out with a report originally and said about sixteen plus people had died from the hurricanes and then they inflated at two twenty nine seventy five. That's a huge jump. Why? The disparity, well, it's a huge jump it. Okay. So earlier today Donald Trump as you said tweeted, the three thousand people did not die in the two hurricanes at Puerto Rico, and he throughout the figures of six to eighteen deaths. And then he blames the three thousand figure on the democrat. So the question is are Trump's figures and his claims about a democratic conspiracy against. Correct. And you have to judge for yourself. You're the basic facts hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico a year ago September twentieth of two thousand seventeen and it was devastating. According to a Harvard University study of three thousand two hundred ninety nine homes. The average household survey when approximately forty one days without cell phone service, sixty eight days without water sixty eight days without water. Yeah. This was a category for what had hit right? And so they went eighty four days without electricity and some of these homes three percent of a survey of households never got their electricity back during the course of the survey. And in fact, depending on what publication you look at people. Either went for almost a year without electricity or are still going without electricity. So Harvard press release on its mortality study points out that the problems have been particularly deadly for citizens with chronic illnesses. Now, I know that sort of this, George, you know, that I was in bed for fifteen years with chronic fatigue syndrome. A lime idols my elitest. And that means I have to take thirty medications a day and intramuscular injection every morning and without those medications, I could well be dead. And there was no access to medications for many many people. So living conditions have been inconceivably primitive for nearly a year. But how many Puerto Ricans have died because of the hurricanes wreckage of Puerto Rico's infrastructure that lack of electricity that lack of water. The first figure issued island issued death toll of hurricane Maria came from Puerto Rico safety director Hector empa- square who said at least six people have died later, the number was increased to sixty four but Puerto Rico's governor is an MIT graduate and a biomedical engineer who wants one and international mathematical Olympiad, he's no dummy. So he wanted a scientific study to determine just how many people were killed by hurricane Maria destruction of infrastructure and disruption of medical services and by the bumbling fumbling restoration of the islands. The first study came in may. Two thousand eighteen five months after the."