Trump tosses paper towels to crowd in Puerto Rico visit

Mr Trump talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello
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08 October, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., hit Trump for having "the gall to complain about Puerto Rico", while he has proposed "tax cuts for billionaires" throughout the United States.

The island nation is in dire need of assistance after Hurricane Maria flooded the region, leaving a destructive passage through the Caribbean last month.

Rossello responded to Trump's comments on Katrina, saying he believes the president understands the level of devastation after he took part in a flyover on the island.

In a television interview with Al Punto Univision, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz wore a T-shirt with the word "NASTY" emblazoned on the front.

Following his visit to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, President Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Geraldo Rivera that the island owes "a lot of money" to Wall Street and the US must "wipe out" its debt.

Mexico offered the aid even through its relations with the U.S. have been strained ever since Donald Trump assumed office in January.

As he headed out from the White House to visit the island, Trump told reporters "it's now acknowledged what a great job we've done".

Mexico had planned to send material assistance to the U.S. after Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas in late August, but later withdrew the offer after the first of the two earthquakes struck in the country's south in early September. The country, however, withdrew the offer after it was struck by two major earthquakes in early September. Puerto Rico must first deal with hurricane clean-up and then try to plug a widening fiscal hole.

"They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street".

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Among Republicans, 76 percent approve of Trump's disaster response stateside while 62 percent approve of how he's handling the situation in Puerto Rico.

"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", he said, scoffing at "politically motivated ingrates" who had criticized the work of the federal government. In case you were out of the loop, any of Puerto Rico's post-Irma problems have nothing to do with the fact it's an island or had poor infrastructure beforehand.

Cruz criticized the Trump administration's hurricane response to the island.

"We can help it and we will help it, we will help Puerto Rico rebuild from the storm".

Trump and other administration officials have worked in recent days to reassure Americans that recovery efforts are going well and combat a perception that the president failed to fully grasp the magnitude of the storm's destruction in its immediate aftermath.

While some Puerto Ricans expressed appreciation for Trump's visit on Tuesday, others said they were frustrated with the pace of the recovery - and the tone of some of the president's remarks. That's going to have to be - you know, you can say goodbye to that.

Officials say 93 percent of the island still lacks electricity.

The natural disaster destroyed homes, cut off most of the island from electricity and littered roads with fallen trees and debris.


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