But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, was having none of that Thursday. All told, about 1,800 people died in that 2005 storm. Hurricane Florence (by now a tropical storm) dumped more than a foot of rain in some places between Friday and Saturday mornings and is expected to continue moving slowly, dumping more rain over the area throughout the weekend.
Even some Republicans suggested the president had gone too far. As reporters noted, Donald Trump appeared indifferent to the tragedy, praising Puerto Rico's weather and downplaying the death toll. "So I have no reason to dispute those numbers".
"Everything is about him and political posturing", Cruz said. "Ron DeSantis is committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after a tragic loss of life".
"We've been battling through it", Cora said, via NBC Sports Boston. The White House would not provide HuffPost any information regarding where Trump may have picked up those false ideas or why he chose to broadcast them to his tens of millions of Twitter followers.
Almost 3,000 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Maria, making it the second-deadliest storm in the US.
Numerous deaths in the aftermath of Maria were attributed to power failures and limited access to healthcare and clean drinking water.
President Trump is pushing back at media claims that his administration's lackluster response to Hurricane Maria helps explain the devastating death toll in Puerto Rico. "Direct" deaths include such fatalities as drownings in a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building.
How did they get their figure?
Trump on Thursday morning tweeted he believed between six and 18 people died as a result of the storm that struck the island as a Category 4 hurricane. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE.
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Researchers from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University said the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster.
There are also no state or federal guidelines in the U.S. for calculating storm or hurricane-related deaths.
One important issue the GWU study raises is the process of recording deaths after the hurricane.
"We left this analysis to the scientists and experts, recognising that there would be many challenges, because we wanted to have a powerful and independent voice to minimise the uncertainty", he said in a video on Facebook.
Rossello said Puerto Ricans "do not deserve to have their pain questioned" and backed the study.
George Washington University stood by its estimate.
Trump's fresh anger drew swift rebukes from elected officials and residents of the island, where blackouts remain common, 60,000 homes still have makeshift roofs and 13 percent of municipalities lack stable phone or internet service.
Puerto Rico now says 2,975 people died on the island because of the storm.
"I think if you haven't lost someone in Puerto Rico, if you're just an American citizen, if you're just a human and have any empathy for anyone else, you should feel that this is grotesque", she said.
But the president choosing to "add salt to the wounds", as Pelosi described it, only underscored her message that the federal response to Hurricane Maria has been woefully inadequate.