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Trump's hurricane response delusion

Trump's hurricane response delusion

Consistent with his endless self-praise for his performance in office, President Donald Trump chose the arrival of Hurricane Florence as the occasion to give himself "an A-plus" in last year's Hurricane Maria assault on Puerto Rico.

He has challenged the island government's assessment that nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Maria, which left the territory without power and water for months, insisting no more than 18 had perished at the time he visited the devastation about a year ago.

Calling that widely condemned response "an incredible unsung success," the president tweeted that "the Democrats" inflated the death toll "in...

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