Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Puerto Rico raises Hurricane Maria death toll to 34

Zeneika Burgos fills jugs with spring water because she has no running water in her home Trump heads for Puerto Rico after a fumbling response to storm
Connie Andrews | 08 October, 2017, 01:27

San Juan Mayor Yulin Cruz did not mince words during a recent press conference.

"I'm just concerned that we're going to lose more people before this is over", he said, "The elderly, people who are frail and people who are already sick".

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

Puerto Rico, Oct 5: almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, US President Donald Trump visited the island on Wednesday to meet the affected people.

Reports state that Mexico plans to ship experts from its state-run power company to the island to help address the region's electricity problems, along with 30 tonnes of bottled water, and mosquito repellent.

"What really is nasty is showing your back to the Puerto Rican people", Cruz added.

"We are dying here".

Trump said his visit was "not about me" but then praised local officials for offering kind words about his administration's recovery effort and invited one to repeat the "nice things" she'd said earlier.

Sadly, it's not surprising that US President Donald Trump made his trip to the devastated US territory of Puerto Rico all about himself.

"They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we're going to have to wipe that out", Trump told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News.

Trump visited a church in Guaynabo where he distributed supplies to hurricane victims, including rolls of paper towels.

Puerto Rico has over $70 billion in public debt.

Until Maria, Santiago sold excess electricity generated by his six by three foot wide panels back to Puerto Rico's now-defunct grid.

As Trump motorcaded to various spots on the island, passing broken highway dividers and hundreds of downed trees, one local woman held up a sign at the president that read: "You are a bad hombre". Only 47 percent of the island's water customers have access to potable water, and 95 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, according to the office of the governor.

The president questioned the mayor's leadership ability after Cruz criticized Trump and asked him to focus on relief efforts for the island during a September 29 press conference.

The President shook hands with the Mayor during his Tuesday's visit and again raised the issue of what Puerto Rico's recovery will cost and how to pay for it. Trump is also scheduled to speak with Gov, Kenneth Mapp of the Virgin Island, also damaged by Hurricane Maria. "We're talking about life or death".

Puerto Rico officials have criticised the U.S. government's handling of the natural disaster as too slow. "Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico".

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello also stressed the importance of preparation. "They want everything to be done for them", Trump griped, using the third-person plural to paint the entire island as a bunch of lazy, undeserving ingrates unwilling to lift a finger to help themselves.

During Trump's visit to the USA territory on Tuesday, the mayor and president shook hands.

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