Alex Cora discusses Trump's comments on Puerto Rico

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"It was a terrible storm".

Cora called Trump's attempt to downplay the deaths caused by Hurricane Maria "disrespectful", according to the Boston Globe.

But on Thursday, Trump clarified his rationale for considering the hurricane response a triumph of disaster management: Hurricane Maria killed (at most) 18 Puerto Ricans - all those other deaths were fabricated by the Democratic Party to make Donald Trump look bad.

The House speaker said he had "no reason to dispute" the death toll.

Last May, Harvard University public health researchers published a study that estimated the death toll was even higher.

Connolly says that in light of Hurricane Florence reaching the Carolinas, the president should be focused on marshalling all resources to respond to a potential catastrophic storm.

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Earlier Thursday, Trump sparked controversy when he addressed his administration's response to Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 storm that devastated Puerto Rico last September.

Cora said that while Trump is president and respects him, he doesn't agree with "a lot of stuff that he says about us". "A true leader would offer his condolences to the people of Puerto Rico, a true leader would offer his condolences to United States citizens and vow to never let something like that happen again".

The adjustment of the official death toll followed almost a year of campaigning by journalists, activists and academics to get the government to officially acknowledge the scale of devastation because 64 people was always considered an underestimate.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., is home to some 3.3 million people.

President Trump is defending his administration's response to the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico previous year, disputing new findings that Hurricane Maria killed far more people than initially believed.

And yet, per his tweets, somehow the president is the victim in all this. Then, a few weeks ago, a study from George Washington University revised that number to 2,975. That includes deaths as a result of infrastructure failures that came as a result of the hurricane.

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"I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he said.

He accused Democrats of inflating the official death toll to "make me look as bad as possible".

In this November 15, 2017 photo, some roofs damaged by Hurricane Maria have awnings installed in El Gandúl neighborhood, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Just as soon as he tweeted the claim, people retaliated. The upshot was the president claimed the numbers were concocted merely to make him look bad.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello also has criticized Trump for not providing additional federal funds still needed for emergency housing and debris removal. "I think it's about a country that really suffered", Cora said. "It is time to acknowledge their pain and the sacrifice that everyone has made in the name of recovery".

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