In a tweet on Thursday in reference to emergency responses to Hurricane Florence, President Trump claimed that the relief of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was "An incredible success", despite a death count of almost 3,000 individuals.
It has been that this Puerto Rico has got less attention which is in spite of being which is one of the worst disasters in the modern American history which is more than Katrina and are far less attention than we have got from the Superstorm Sandy.
Talking about the figures coming from unrelated sources, Long said, "The George Washington study looked at what happened six months after the fact. We work everyday to try to prevent that", Long said on "Face the Nation" Sunday.
Long's remarks came after Trump on Thursday denied that there was a high death toll from Hurricane Maria.
"In my opinion, what we've got to do is figure out why people die, from direct deaths, which is the wind, the water and the waves" and collapsed buildings, which he probably was that initial tally.
He said: "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths". "If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list". "And what happens is, even in [Hurricane Florence] you might see more deaths indirectly as time goes on because people have heart attacks due to stress, they fall off their house trying to fix their roof, they die in vehicle crashes because they went through an intersection where the stop lights weren't working".
Twenty-four percent of Americans believe that Hurricane Maria caused many fewer than 3,000 deaths, the survey finds, while 43 percent say the 3,000 figure is about right. "And what happens is, even in [Hurricane Florence] you might see more deaths indirectly as time goes on because people have heart attacks due to stress, they fall off their house trying to fix their roof, they die in vehicle crashes because they went through an intersection where the stop lights weren't working".
Fourteen people have died from the storm as of Sunday morning as Florence continues to slam the mid-Atlantic coast.
The emergency response to Maria became highly politicised as the Trump administration was castigated as being slow to recognise the gravity of the devastation and too sluggish in providing disaster relief to Puerto Rico, an island of more than 3 million residents. The study examined the number of deaths from September 2017 to February and compared that total with what would have been expected based on historical patterns, making adjustments for variables including the mass departure of residents in the aftermath of the storm. They have lost children, friends, & family members, ' Ocasio-Cortez responded on her Twitter account.
Reports by Politico and the Wall Street Journal claimed that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had asked for Long's resignation amid concerns over his lengthy commutes back home, something Long disputes ever happened.
"I would never intentionally violate any rules that I was aware of", he said.