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Almost a year after Hurricane Maria barreled across the Caribbean and devastated Puerto Rico, the island has become the focal point of a stormy political debate involving Congress and the White House over how the Trump Administration responded to the disaster.

"They say all these people died in the storm in Puerto Rico, yet 70% of power was out before the storm".

The study, which was conducted without the backing of any political group, surveyed 3,000 residences across the United States' territory and found Puerto Ricans died at a much higher rate in the four months following the hurricane than in the same time period a year earlier.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports. "When Trump arrived in Puerto Rico, he threw paper towels at the people when they were actually asking for help and while he was doing that, people were dying all around him", said Ortiz.

He said just six to 18 people had been reported dead when he visited two weeks after the storm and suggested that many had been added later "if a person died for any reason, like old age".

The article at the WaPo turns out to be from Lynn R. Goldman of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, which compiled the death toll of 2,975 "excess deaths" in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.

The Puerto Rican community in CT are calling out President Donald Trump after his tweet said 3,000 people did not die in Hurricane Maria.

The president raised eyebrows on Tuesday when during an Oval Office meeting to go over preparations for Hurricane Florence that is barreling toward the East Coast with Category 4 winds he touted his controversial response to Maria.

Shortly after Trump's comments, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz shot back at the president.

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In January, Cora led a Red Sox delegation to Puerto Rico to distribute aid.

Gerald Herbert/APResidents line up gas cans as they wait for a gas truck to service an empty gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico, September 24, 2017.

"It's kinda like he was on trial for littering, and he said on the stand, 'I only threw that cup out of my window because I was distracted by the homeless man I ran over".

Cora indicated that the Puerto Rican people are continuing their efforts to a return to normalcy.

FEMA, the agency in charge of coordinating the federal response to Florence, was criticized previous year for its handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico's government, which is neither Republican nor Democratic, but run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party, accepted the 2,975 number as a legitimate estimate of the storm's true toll. I don't know if it was efficient, it was enough.

In addition to force of the hurricane itself, many people died because disease and infection due to the lack of electricity and drinkable water on the island.

Velázquez, who was born in Puerto Rico, called for Republicans to allow a vote on her bill to establish a 9/11 style commission to investigate the administration's response to the hurricanes. "We have a moral obligation to do better, not only to finish the job in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but to prevent the same type of inadequate response from ever happening again".

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So now we have to prove that and do it again and again and again, and see if we can do so. "We will see if we can do so". Klopp, though, stressed that there will be plenty more obstacles for his team to overcome in the rest of the campaign.


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