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Trump Blames Democrats For Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll: ‘They Want To Make Me Look Bad’

President Trump on Thursday dismissed studies that found nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and appeared to blame Democrats for the death toll caused by the storm.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

“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.

In a second tweet, Trump suggested that Democrats are behind the increase in casualties.

“…..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,” Trump said in a subsequent tweet. “If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

Trump’s tweets come after Puerto Rico officials released a study conducted by the George Washington University that assessed the aftermath of the hurricane found the number was significantly higher than what had originally been reported. The death toll as a result of the 2017 storm increased to 2,975.

Read the president’s tweets below.

Trump continues to insist that his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria was a success, despite the heightened death toll.

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