Trump faces bipartisan backlash over false hurricane claim

President Trump accused Democrats of inflating the death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as his administration prepared for Hurricane Florence
1:29 | 09/14/18

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Transcript for Trump faces bipartisan backlash over false hurricane claim
Let's go to the White House Narsai and ask correspondent Terry Moran is there and Terry this morning president something about one man news service hurricane alerts service. He sure is George the president will be here all day at the White House. This afternoon and I'll have a formal briefing in the situation room on the government's emergency response but you're right he's already tweeting. Praise on the initial response. He said this morning incredible job being done by FEMA first responders law enforcement at all. Thank you. But it is this moment of crisis of all moments the president has chosen to get into a nasty fight. Over the colossal human disaster that happened in Puerto Rico last year. When hurricane Maria slammed ashore killing nearly 3000 people the president taking to Twitter yesterday. Peddling a conspiracy theory with no basis in fact lashing out. 3000 people did not die in the two hurricane to hit Puerto Rico when I left the island after the storm and hit. It anywhere from six to eighteen deaths as time went by it did not go up by much that a long time later they started report really large numbers like 3000 this was done by that Democrats. In order to make me look as bad as possible and he concluded I love Puerto Rico while the team of independent researchers. Who did that a statistical estimate they are standing by their fine but more important George. The people of Puerto Rico know what happened every single victim hasn't name every victim has the story. And their loved ones know the truth. George do you have man Terry Moran thanks very much.

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