"I pray Trump's response to current
The comments came a week before the first anniversary of the Category 4 Maria hitting
In August, the governor of
Thursday, Trump denied the death toll was that high and accused
".....This was done by the
"His comments, to me, are ludicrous when you have known institutions that are respected for their research and their being able to (be) substantiated through rigorous scientific methods," Pacione-Zayas said.
He said he was not surprised by Trump's comments, describing the president as "impulsive, outrageous, racist."
"He's so ignorant and out-of-touch," Maldonado said.
"More importantly is the way he views all Latinos, and it is a way of looking at us being somehow less-than," Lopez said. "I think that has been his discourse from the very beginning."
Lopez said people should use Trump's tweets to reflect on the colonial relationship between the island and the
Earlier this month, a report by the Government Accountability Office was critical of the
There have been other studies that have questioned the earlier death toll from the hurricane. In July, a study published in the
Various news outlets have reported in recent months that there was a backlog of autopsies at the San Juan morgue. The backlog delayed one
An estimated 1,833 people died directly or indirectly from Hurricane Katrina in
The Associated Press contributed.
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