The official Puerto Rico Hurricane death toll was only 64 until almost one year later

President Donald Trump said today on Twitter there wasn’t 3000 deaths in the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico in September 2017.

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…”

He added a second Tweet involving the Democrats.

“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

The Puerto Rico government reported there was only 64 deaths from the hurricanes directly until almost one year later when they accepted numbers from The George Washington University study was commissioned by the governor of Puerto Rico, which counted deaths in the aftermath, a number which was higher at 4600.

The deaths come from poor healthcare provision and a lack of electricity and clean water.

While figures are not accurate many media news outlets reports different numbers and different timelines and all admit numbers are estimates.

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