PIERS MORGAN: Trump should focus on preventing Americans from dying in Hurricane Florence

Lifeguards are trying to remove a tree that fell on a house and killed two people in North Carolina when Hurricane Florence hit Friday

How many people died on September 11?

If you ask most people, they would say 2,977, which is the official death toll from the worst terrorist attack in the United States in its history.

However, the actual number of victims is likely to more than double.

The World Trade Center Health Program estimates that more than 50,000 people have been certified as a probable consequence of the attacks, of which more than 1,100 have died so far.

Lifeguards are trying to remove a tree that fell on a house and killed two people in North Carolina when Hurricane Florence hit Friday

Lifeguards are trying to remove a tree that fell on a house and killed two people in North Carolina when Hurricane Florence hit Friday

Volunteers from the Civil Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home in James City, North Carolina, on Friday

Volunteers from the Civil Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home in James City, North Carolina, on Friday

Volunteers from the Civil Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home in James City, North Carolina, on Friday

Respiratory and digestive disorders are responsible for the majority of cases, but cancer cases also increase rapidly, especially among the first responders exposed to the worst of the toxic dust that enveloped them when the tops collapsed.

Therefore, it is expected that the number of people killed by the aftermath of 9/11 will exceed the number of people who died on September 11 in the coming years.

What will President Donald Trump say about that when it happens?

Will you tweet something like this? 6,000 people did not die when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. When I left Manhattan after the attacks, they had 2,977 deaths. With the passage of time, it did not rise too much. Then, a long time later, they started reporting really big numbers. This was done by the Democrats to make me look as bad as possible. If a person died for any reason, such as old age, simply add it to the list. Bad policy I love New York! & # 39;

No, of course I would not.

Because being a New Yorker, Trump would never dare to say something so incredibly inappropriate and offensive, knowing the pain and anguish it would cause to all those who lost loved ones in or since the attacks.

For Trump, like all New Yorkers, September 11 is still very personal.

He was in the city that day.

He claims to have personally known many people who died on September 11, and families whose lives were destroyed by it.

And two days after the attacks, he was seen on television, helping to clear the debris on the scene.

Every time I speak to him about it, the anger he has expressed has always felt very strong and very genuine.

So no, there is no chance that President Trump says anything now to question a single death related to September 11, however, many years later it may happen.

If he did, he would be finished.

Trump claimed that the death toll had been inflated and that it was designed by the Democrats to represent it badly after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Trump claimed that the death toll had been inflated and that it was designed by the Democrats to represent it badly after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Trump claimed that the death toll had been inflated and that it was designed by the Democrats to represent it badly after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

President Donald Trump throws paper towels to a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in October after the hurricanes

President Donald Trump throws paper towels to a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in October after the hurricanes

President Donald Trump throws paper towels to a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in October after the hurricanes

No US president UU Surely he could survive being so extraordinarily insensitive to his own people about the most infamous day in the history of the nation.

However, Trump did not have such scruples this week about being so extraordinarily insensitive to another group of Americans who have suffered equally badly: those in Puerto Rico who lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Maria last year.

In a series of shocking tweets, he emphatically denied that almost 3,000 people died, which contradicts the new official numbers compiled in a non-partisan study by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Trump did not provide any proof of his justification for refuting these figures, nor has the White House done so since he said it.

They can not, because there is none.

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossellós, who commissioned the study of the number of fatalities, said: "There is no reason to doubt the validity of these studies, there is no reason to expect, even if it is an estimate, that it is not far away what the exact figure should be, neither the victims nor the people of Puerto Rico deserve to be asked about their pain. "

Even the oldest members of Trump's own party think he's talking nonsense.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said: "Casualties do not make a person look bad, so I have no reason to dispute those numbers, it was devastating, a horrible storm, I went all over the island. isolated that lost its infrastructure and power for a long time, you could not reach people for a long time, I have no reason to dispute those numbers, those are just the facts of what happened. "

Exactly. It's just the facts of what happened.

The worst of many terrible things about Trump's response to the new death toll in Puerto Rico is that he arrived just when his whole focus should be on the last hurricane, Florence, as it rushed toward the Carolinas.

Trees and floods block a street after Hurricane Maria in Carolina, Puerto Rico on September 22, 2017

Trees and floods block a street after Hurricane Maria in Carolina, Puerto Rico on September 22, 2017

Trees and floods block a street after Hurricane Maria in Carolina, Puerto Rico on September 22, 2017

Flood water and tree branches are blocking a road in Carolina, Puerto Rico in this September 22 photo

Flood water and tree branches are blocking a road in Carolina, Puerto Rico in this September 22 photo

Flood water and tree branches are blocking a road in Carolina, Puerto Rico in this September 22 photo

Quite frankly, I hope the President of the United States spends every ounce of his energy to make sure that everything possible has been done to minimize the possible loss of life today, tomorrow and as Florence ruins its devastation.

The fact that he's wasting valuable time pathetically participating in small points over a previous hurricane is pretty ridiculous.

But even more disturbing than that is their apparent lack of empathy for the poor of Puerto Rico who lost their lives or loved ones, either during the hurricane or after the effects of the hurricane.

What Trump does not support is being criticized for not doing enough to help; It cuts into the heart of your gigantic pride and ego.

After all, Trump has consistently denied any culpability for his administration after Hurricane Maria, and instead sought praise for his handling of the disaster by saying this week that it was "an incredible and unrecognized success."

He boasted: "I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful, it was one of the best jobs that was done about what this is all about."

But nobody wants to hear this kind of nonsense from a president about a natural disaster that killed so many Americans.

All they want to hear are words of comfort, knowing that their president still cares for them, deeply regrets ANY loss of life, wishes he could have done more, and will try to do it this time with Hurricane Florence.

Even one death is too much.

What Trump does not seem to understand is that Hurricane Maria was not his fault.

Natural disasters happen and will continue to happen.

When they do, governments must react as best they can.

I do not think that the most severe criticism of the Hurricane Maria rescue operation of the Trump administration is justified given the serious logistical problems that involve the location of Puerto Rico, and the degree of damage and power failures.

Yes, the operation could have been better, but also the response to each disaster. I challenge any impartial person to conclude that President Trump's response was also a disaster.

Rescue workers take a man to an ambulance after a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, killing two others on Friday in the first deaths directly related to Hurricane Florence

Rescue workers take a man to an ambulance after a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, killing two others on Friday in the first deaths directly related to Hurricane Florence

Rescue workers take a man to an ambulance after a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, killing two others on Friday in the first deaths directly related to Hurricane Florence

This satellite map, captured on Friday at 8 a. M. (Eastern Time), shows Florencia touching land on the east coast. The outline of the coast has been drawn on the image to show the location of the storm

This satellite map, captured on Friday at 8 a. M. (Eastern Time), shows Florencia touching land on the east coast. The outline of the coast has been drawn on the image to show the location of the storm

This satellite map, captured on Friday at 8 a. M. (Eastern Time), shows Florencia touching land on the east coast. The outline of the coast has been drawn on the image to show the location of the storm

So this was not Trump's Katrina, since his furiously outraged tweets seem to suggest he's afraid.

But it was a dreadful catastrophe for Puerto Ricans, arriving so soon after the horrendous and ruinous hurricane Irma.

And for the president of the United States to say that he does not even believe that the death toll is a shameful additional agony for them.

Hurricanes are not a game to discuss.

They are real life and real death, as we are seeing now with Florence in the Carolinas.

In those moments, a president must be the commissar in chief, not someone who spills fuel on the flames of torment.

It's a shame, Mr. Trump.

For once, take your damned ego away and show a bloody heart to these compatriots who have suffered so much.

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