Nicolle Wallace Reacts to Trump’s False Claim on Puerto Rico Death Toll: ‘A Whole New Level of Horror’
On Thursday, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace called President Donald Trump‘s false claim that 3,000 people in Puerto Rico did not die as a result of the devastating hurricanes “a whole new level of horror.”
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000,” Trump tweeted out Thursday morning.
3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
Speaking of that tweet, Wallace said, “Sometimes the news is harder to read than other days. What is wrong with the president, and truly, what is wrong with the White House staff that lets him deny the deaths of the people of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria? That seems to me to be a whole new level of horror from this West Wing.”
Washington Post bureau chief Philip Rucker replied that the staff was surprised too.
“It is a new level, Nicolle. And as you know, it’s a tweet that he sends on his own. It surprised his staff. It surprised FEMA officials and caught them off guard,” Rucker said. “And it’s not only not true what he said in the tweet but I think it’s telling that he’s unwilling to take any personal responsibility for the failings of this government in responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.”
Fact checking Trump’s tweet, CNN also found it has no basis in fact.
“Earlier this month, the island’s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University,” CNN wrote, making it clear it was nowhere near the death toll of not much more than 6 to 18, as Trump tweeted.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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