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Paul Ryan dismisses Trump’s Puerto Rico death toll conspiracy theory: ‘Casualties do not make a person look bad’

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday defended President Donald Trump’s reaction to the death toll in Puerto Rico and insisted that 3,000 dead Puerto Ricans do not make the president “look bad.”

During a press conference on Thursday, Ryan was asked about a recent tweet, in which Trump falsely said that Democrats had inflated the death toll in Puerto Rico.

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Ryan suggested that he had no reason to dispute the death toll because it did not make the president “look bad.”

“Casualties don’t make a person look bad,” Ryan argued. “So I have no reason to dispute these numbers. I was in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. It was devastating.”

“It’s an isolated island that lost its infrastructure and its power for a long time,” he added. “You couldn’t get to people on the island for a long time because roads were washed out, power was gone and the casualties mounted for a long time.”

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Ryan concluded: “So, I have no reason to dispute those number. Those are just the facts of what happens when a horrible hurricane hits and isolated place like and island.”

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