President Donald Trump on Thursday engaged in fact-free conspiracy mongering when he accused the Democratic Party of fabricating the official number of people in Puerto Rico who died as a result of Hurricane Maria.
"Nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria". Last month, the New York Times reported that 10 trailers of food and other supplies were found rotting in a parking lot in Puerto Rico, where they were devoured by rats.
Well in the wake of these comments, TMZ caught up with Fat Joe, who's actually been very vital in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico and asked him what he thought about Trump's comments, to which he called him "delusional".
Previous reports from the Puerto Rican government said the number was closer to 1,400. "We are going to return those waters", he said.
The federal response to Hurricane Maria is under scrutiny again after photos show what appear to be millions of water bottles meant for victims of the storm still sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The hurricane, now a category 4, is expected to slam the North and SC and Virginia by Thursday.
"The inadequate preparedness and personnel training for crisis and emergency risk communication, combined with numerous barriers to accurate, timely information and factors that increased rumor generation, ultimately decreased the perceived transparency and credibility of the Government of Puerto Rico", the study read. "We're ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".
On Tuesday, Trump described the hurricane as "tremendously big and tremendously wet", and praised the government's maligned response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.
The president defended the federal government's "fantastic job" in Puerto Rico.
Category 4 Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in September, just weeks after Category 5 Hurricane Irma grazed the island. 'I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success, ' he claimed.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló shot back in a statement that "the historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican" and "certainly not a successful relationship".
'The difference between those two numbers is the estimate of excess mortality due to the hurricane, ' the scientists wrote.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a frequent critic of Trump, was appalled by his latest message.