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Rep. Meeks’ Statement on Trumps Disgraceful Denial of Puerto Rican Deaths

September 13, 2018
Press Release

“The pain and suffering felt by Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria may not be quantifiable, but the death toll is. Facts are facts, and though we’ve grown accustomed to President Trump’s tenuous relationship with the truth and his flagrant lies, his denying 3,000 Puerto Ricans died under his watch is repulsive - even by his own standards. I recently visited Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and know that anyone with two eyes can see the overwhelming destruction, and the underwhelming recovery that has left thousands of families displaced.

“Donald Trump’s denial is a disgraceful insult to the victims and their families, and to all our countrymen this administration has abandoned in their time of need. He is clearly more concerned with his pride than with his people, and actively endangering Americans by not taking an honest look at Maria to learn from his mistakes. As yet another massive hurricane has barreled towards our shores, we need to correct the course of our disaster response, even if our President is absent at the helm.”