Amnesty International called on the Trump Administration to take accountability for “negligence in preparing and responding to Hurricane Maria,” by projecting signs onto the Trump Hotel and other government buildings in Washington on September 19.
The demonstration comes ahead of the first anniversary of the hurricane that killed 2,975 people in Puerto Rico, which the organization recognized by projecting the death toll from the storm onto the Federal Emergency Management Agency building.
President Donald Trump previously tweeted that “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.”
He said, “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”.
Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo, said “A year after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, President Trump has shown his contempt for the people of Puerto Rico time and again by denying the damage that was done, insulting the victims and lying about the staggeringly high death toll.”
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. On August 28, 2018, the Governor of Puerto Rico revised the official death count from 64 to 2,975. Credit: Amnesty International via Storyful