What a Great Job We Have Done, Said Trump in Puerto Rico

Zeneika Burgos fills jugs with spring water because she has no running water in her home

After delivering the jaw-dropping briefing to reporters, Trump visited a chapel in the town of Guaynabo serving as a distribution centre for emergency supplies.

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack", Trump said. The White House later announced it would spend $29 billion on recovery efforts in Texas, Florida and, yes, Puerto Rico.

And that is not the only disrespectful thing he did, Trump said Puerto Rico suffered a relatively low death toll from Hurricane Maria compared with "a real catastrophe like Katrina", which killed more than a thousand people in 2005. He said the deaths included drownings, injuries from homes collapsing as well as people on respirators who died because there was no power.

Donald Trump got stuck into handing out aid in storm-battered Puerto Rico on Tuesday, but the way he did it has become a bit of a talking point.

FEMA spokesman William Booher noted that the statistics remain on a website maintained by Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, which now indicates 54 percent of Puerto Ricans have access to drinking water and 9.2 percent have electricity.

Cruz initially spoke out about the Trump administration's response to the disaster last week, urging officials to survey the extensive damage themselves.

Seven percent of the island has electricity, more than 9,000 people are living in shelters and just 40 per cent of telecommunications are back up.




The mayor has been a prominent figure since Hurricane Maria started barreling toward Puerto Rico.

Later that day, Governor Ricardo Rossello announced the death toll had more than doubled: "This morning, we were at 16; now, 34 have been identified. You know that FEMA the SBA, you know that every other agency is going to move at his direction." he said.

In an interview with CNN, she said that Trump sometimes "spouts" comments "that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico".

The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city expressed her continued frustrations with President Donald Trump Tuesday, saying that Trump's comments during his visit were "insulting" to the people of Puerto Rico and calling him the "miscommunicator-in-chief".

Tensions between Trump and Cruz have been running high in recent days.

Long before Hurricane Maria's heavy winds and rain wreaked havoc on the island, Puerto Rico was hampered by a slew of austerity measures and a crippling 10-year recession, Puerto Ricans have organized mass protests and demonstrations to demand an audit of the public debt.

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