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Hillary: US Must 'Protect' Puerto Ricans This Hurricane Season

Hillary: US Must 'Protect' Puerto Ricans This Hurricane Season
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By    |   Thursday, 31 May 2018 06:26 PM

Hillary Clinton on Thursday called on the Trump administration to "step up and protect its people" after reports that more than 4,600 people died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria last year and as the 2018 season begins Friday.

"More than 4,600 lives lost in Puerto Rico," the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate tweeted. "70x the official number.

"The U.S. government has failed its own citizens," she said. "The response itself is an American tragedy.

"Hurricane season is about to begin in Puerto Rico," Clinton continued. "The administration must step up and protect its people."

Harvard University researchers said Tuesday that 4,645 people died from Hurricane Maria from the day of the storm, Sept. 20, through Dec. 31.

The Trump administration has put the death toll at just 64, though experts say an accurate count was complicated by the power outages and widespread devastation wreaked by the storm.

Hurricane Maria caused $90 billion in damage and is ranked as the third costliest cyclone in the United States since 1900.

By comparison, the death toll from 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, was far lower — estimated at 1,833.

The 2018 hurricane season begins Friday — and Colorado State University forecasters predicted Thursday that 14 hurricanes and tropical storms would form throughout the term, which ends Nov. 30.

The estimate is near a 30-year average, according to CSU, which predicted six of the named storms are forecast to attain hurricane strength — and two of those are forecast to be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.

Also making a plea for helping Puerto Rico was Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez, whose relatives were affected by Maria.

"It broke my heart that Roseanne Barr was the topic of social media and not the 4,600 deaths in Puerto Rico," Perez, 53, told Brooke Baldwin on CNN. "It begs the question: Who are we as Americans?

"What are we becoming as Americans, that we do not concentrate on our fellow Americans who are suffering, suffering endlessly in Puerto Rico?

"[Friday] is hurricane season — and the island is not prepared," she said.

Perez, who parents were born on the island, slammed President Donald Trump for remaining "totally silent" on the new death-toll estimates, "yet but he is still tweeting about Roseanne Barr.

"We need to wake up, America."

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After reports more than 4,600 people died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria last year and as the 2018 season begins Friday, Hillary Clinton on Thursday called on the Trump administration to "step up and protect its people."
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