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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fact Checks Donald Trump's Claim That He Is 'the Best Thing to Happen to Puerto Rico'
President Donald Trump and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (National Archives)

It's been nearly two years since President Donald Trump's bungled visit to the American territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. Trump infamously threw paper towel rolls into a crowd of residents affected by Maria, and told them the hurricane wasn't as bad as Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Trump claimed at the time that only 16 people died in Maria's wake, but later reports confirmed that the official death toll was actually over 3,000—the third deadliest hurricane in American history. Many of these were attributed to lack of power and federal aid to the territory, largely due to inaction on the part of the Trump administration.

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