San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said the president's comments "added insult to injury".
President Trump is defending his administration's response to the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico a year ago, disputing new findings that Hurricane Maria killed far more people than initially believed. "Do you think President Trump is in the oval office saying, 'How can we make it worse for Puerto Ricans?"
Some well-known Republicans split with Trump on the issue.
After discussing the political impact of the comment that has largely drawn bipartisan debunking, Mike Barnicle summed it up best "Let's say I am running in the state of MS, you got a good economy". "It was devastating. It was a frightful storm". I toured the entire island. "It's just what happened".
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight Senate race, also split from Trump. "Now we know why he's so orange, his brain is just melted pumpkin guts".
"Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim". "I'll continue to help PR".
Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration in the aftermath of the storm.
Trump touted the federal government's response as "an incredible, unsung success" this week.
The investigation reportedly stemmed from Long's habit of having a government driver take him on weekend commutes back to his home in Hickory, North Carolina.
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TRUMP DISPUTES 3,000 DEATHS IN PUERTO RICO: The president disputed the revised number of excess deaths following Hurricane Maria, and suggested Democrats released exaggerated numbers "to make me look as bad as possible"- the co-hosts weigh in. "It was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".
"You keep thinking Trump's vileness and dishonesty has lost its power to shock, then he takes it to a new level", Noble Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman wrote on his Twitter feed, following the Trump death toll denials. "May God bless the souls of the almost 3,000 Americans that died in Puerto Rico and may he take pity on your soul Mr President". If the United States government's response to Hurricane Maria is any indication, we have a long way to go.
"I agree I've made mistakes", Rosselló said. "But you know it's a little bit kind of like frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming". He said because the base is a restricted zone, he's not able to get there.
The president was lambasted by members of his own party, Democrats, entertainers and political pundits.
Thursday, Cruz called Trump "delusional, paranoid and unhinged", and said he's "so vain he thinks this is about him".
The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially boosted by adding those who had passed away from natural causes such as old age.
"I was in Puerto Rico after the hurricane".
Carlos Santos-Burgoa, the principal investigator of the GWU study and a professor in the Department of Global Health, said Friday afternoon that he and his colleagues were unbiased in their work and received no political pressure from Democrats or anyone else to come up with a high estimate of storm-related deaths.
"The US government's response in Puerto Rico fell far, and tragically, short".