Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday mocked President Trump’s claim about the Hurricane Maria-related death toll in Puerto Rico.
Trump had tweeted: “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.”
In another tweet, the president wrote: “This was done by the Democrats in order 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, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”
Biden, who was giving a speech in Washington, said during his opening remarks, “By the way, there are no problems in America, everybody is doing well, things are fair and decent, and no one died in Puerto Rico.”
Puerto Rico recently increased its official hurricane death toll from 64 to 2,975, a number based on a study by George Washington University.
Trump’s tweets came days after he called his administration’s response to hurricanes in Puerto Rico “an incredible, unsung success.”