Trump supports his claims that the Democrats exaggerated the Puerto Rican death roll, retweeting a clip of Fox Dobbs of Fox defending his views.
Speaking on Fox News, Dobbs focused on the study that reported the number of 3,000 dead that was published by George Washington University last month.
"The president, by the way, is right … The figures were inflated and the president was right to call organizations that threw science, statistics and evidence to discredit the Trump administration," he said Thursday.
Dobbs revealed that the study, conducted by the Milken Institute, calculated the "excess of deaths". that happened because of Hurricane Maria, not an exact number of fatalities.
Trump declares that the number of 3,000 dead in Puerto Rico is inflated and retweeted a segment by Lou Dobbs of Fox News backing his statement on Thursday
In his segment, Dobbs said: "The figures were inflated and the president was right to call organizations that threw science, statistics and evidence to discredit the Trump administration."
Dobbs analyzed the report noting that he did not cite a count of the dead, a count of corpses or a study of death certificates.
Early on Thursday Trump expressed on Twitter that the 3,000 were inflated and exaggerated
He stated that the exaggeration was designed by the Democrats to portray the president in a bad light after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
"The finding was not the result of a death count, a corpse count or a study of death certificates, but a public health study that subtracted the number of people who theoretically should have died in the same period as of number of people who were reported dead during that period, "Dobbs said.
He added that after the Milken Institute report, the governor of Puerto Rico amended the death toll from a previous count of 64 to 3,000.
Lynn Goldman, the dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, shared the results of the study with CNN last month, but said more work was needed to get an accurate estimate.
Although the number may not be as high as 3,000, the Puerto Rican government admitted that the official toll was higher than the count of December 64, 2017.
In a congressional report, the documents indicate that 1,427 more than normal deaths occurred in the last four months after Hurricane Maria and Irma, compared with the death rates in the last four years.
On Thursday morning, the president exploded on Twitter and said that the report of 3,000 hurricanes in Puerto Rico after the death toll was inflated and exaggerated.
President Donald Trump now says that the number of deaths accepted by the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico in 2017 is inflated, and affirms that the Democrats are taking advantage of the number "to make me look bad"
The Puerto Ricans had to leave the rubble in the wake of Hurricane Maria last year in dangerous conditions after losing power, running water and cell phone service
"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico," Trump tweeted.
"When I left the island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had between 6 and 18. With time, it did not rise too much, then, a long time later, they started reporting really big numbers, like 3000.
This was done by the Democrats to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising billions of dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, such as old age, simply add it to the list. Bad policy I love Puerto Rico! he said.
The Milken study compared mortality in the six months after the storm with the number of deaths that would have been expected had it not arrived on the island.
"The difference between these two numbers is the estimate of excess mortality due to the hurricane," the scientists wrote.
The risk of dying during the storm or later was 60 percent higher for Puerto Ricans living in the poorest areas, they found.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, told reporters Thursday morning that "there is no reason to dispute these numbers."
But Ryan also denied that the death toll by thousands poorly reflects Trump, saying "casualties do not make a person look bad."
The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, a Democrat who became entangled with the president over and over again while Hurricane Maria was international news, returned fire on Thursday.
Dobbs said the George Washington University study did not cite a count of deaths, a count of corpses, or a study of death certificates, the damage of Catani, Puerto Rico, in the photo above
A shelter is shown before the arrival of Hurricane Maria. The approximate number of casualties after the hurricane has not yet been calculated, since the George Washington study was actually an estimate of the "excess of deaths" & # 39;
The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, tweeted that Trump is "delirious, paranoid and deranged of any sense of reality" on Thursday
"This is what denial looks like after abandonment: Mr. Pres in the real world, people died under your supervision, YOUR FAULT OF RESPECT IS POWERFUL!" She tweeted.
"Mr. Trump, you can try to intimidate us with your tweets, BUT WE KNOW THAT OUR LIVES ARE IMPORTANT, you will never take away our self-respect … What a shame!
Yulín Cruz then called Trump "delirious, paranoid and deranged of any sense of reality."
The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, said on Thursday that his government commissioned the study of George Washington University. "We trust that estimate," he told CBS News.
"There are still more than 45,000 people homeless, still a weak energy network," he said of the US terriroty. UU In the Caribbean sea.
"If we have another devastation, it is likely to collapse."
Mayor Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico lashed out at Trump on Thursday, calling him deluded and distant from reality
FEMA administrator Brock Long said Wednesday on MSNBC that "indirect deaths" they are often more numerous than deaths caused immediately by a natural disaster.
"There are people who died after the storm passed because they fell from the roof doing repairs, they died in car accidents because the traffic lights were off, you have accidents with chainsaws, you have accidents with people cleaning debris," he said.
A team of researchers from Harvard University announced in May that they believed the death toll from Hurricane Maria was 4,600. At that time, the death toll of the government was 64.
Trump said on Wednesday that his administration is prepared for Hurricane Florence, a storm that rushes to the Carolina coast, and insisted that his administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico last year was a "great job not appreciated." "
"We obtained A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and we did a great job that was not appreciated in Puerto Rico, despite being an inaccessible island with very little electricity and a totally incompetent mayor of San Juan)," Trump tweeted. .
At the Oval Office on Tuesday, the president praised his administration's response to the series of storms in 2017. "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible success, not recognized," he said.