He's talking about the one a year ago because he's been tweeting a lot about how good a job he did responding to Hurricane Maria that decimated Puerto Rico last year, resulting in the death of nearly 3,000 American citizens.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted, "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".
"Those are just the facts of what happens when a awful hurricane hits an isolated place like an island", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet. "As time went by it did not go up by much", he says, with zero evidence. "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", he had said.
This "issue" was not on my radar until one of my kids texted in a family chat: "Is trump off his rocker with this Puerto Rico death toll stuff?"
Public health experts have estimated that almost 3,000 perished because of the effects of Hurricane Maria.
"Although you don't believe it... nearly a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages", posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures.
Then came Maria and devastation in Puerto Rico, where a slow federal response was complicated by logistical concerns and preexisting economic and infrastructure deficiencies on the island territory.
"I don't see any scenario where those tweets are helpful to anyone on the Republican ticket", said David Johnson, a longtime GOP consultant and former executive director of the state Republican Party. "The iceberg wasn't like 'I didn't kill nobody, I just scraped some paint off a boat, you can take that other sh*t up with the ocean man'".
Ottmar Chavez, now administrator of Puerto Rico's General Services Administration, said FEMA reported that it had about 20,000 pallets of bottled water in excess in May this year, before Chavez was appointed. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans - who according to polls have a very low opinion of the president - can vote in state elections once they've established residency and registered. I don't know if it was efficient, it was enough.
Conducted by George Washington University, the study Trump is attempting to discredit as a Democratic plot was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, which revised its earlier Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 after the study was published in August.
Trump's tweets are not only disrespectful to the lives lost in Puerto Rico; they also assert a well-known trait of the president: no matter the tragedy, everything is always about him.
Trump's visit to Puerto Rico in October 2017 was defined by the moment he threw paper towels into a crowd of people as aid agencies and journalists warned of a major humanitarian crisis spanning the island of 3.3 million people.