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Trump showcases plans for 2018 hurricane season as he's remained silent about Puerto Rico's death toll and lingering problems

Trump showcases plans for 2018 hurricane season as he's remained silent about Puerto Rico's death toll and lingering problems

President Trump on Wednesday staged a briefing on federal preparedness for the hurricane season now underway, repeatedly lauding his administration’s “incredible job” last year while remaining silent on Puerto Rico’s lingering problems and new estimates of its massive death toll.

The president, who last fall said Puerto Rico had averted a “real catastrophe” because only 16 islanders had died after Hurricane Maria hit Sept. 20, has not addressed independent reports of a much higher toll — including one last week conducted by Harvard researchers and published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimating that 4,645 or more people may have died in the aftermath.

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