The president continued to cast doubt on the findings late Friday, writing on Twitter that he was told shortly after the storm hit last fall that 16 people had died from Hurricane Maria before the death toll was updated months later to 64.
“Then, like magic, ‘3000 PEOPLE KILLED,’ ” Trump wrote.
The president questioned how GWU researchers reached their estimate that 2,975 people died in the months following the storm. The study reached its figure by comparing estimates of typical nondisaster death rates over six months to the actual mortality rate in Puerto Rico six months after the storm.
“FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER – NO WAY!” he tweeted.
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