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Puerto Rico: Trump compares Maria and Katrina deaths

Puerto Rico: Trump compares Maria and Katrina deaths

The island was recently hit by powerful Hurricane Maria and has been working to restore power and clean water to the territory. When it bothers somebody that you're asking for drinking water, medicine for the sick and food for the hungry, that person has much deeper problems than what we can discuss in an interview.

Trump had hoped to visit earlier in the week, but the White House said hard logistics in the aftermath of the storm prevented his trip.

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, took on the feminist rallying cry of the resistance in a sly rebuke of the president on Wednesday: by proudly wearing a "NASTY" shirt in a television interview.

On Wednesday, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, contradicted President Trump's comments about wiping out Puerto Rico's billions-dollar debt amid the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Mexico offered the aid even through its relations with the U.S. have been strained ever since Donald Trump assumed office in January. The President has promised to build a wall along the US's southern border to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, and repeatedly claimed Mexico will pay for it.

"In Texas and in Florida, we get an A plus", he said. The country, however, withdrew the offer after it was struck by two major earthquakes in early September. "I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that", Trump said.

Stephen Colbert didn't hold back when talking about Trump's visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Why would Trump go out of his way to talk about money while the people of Puerto Rico are still shell-shocked over the death and destruction on the island?

Trump travels to Puerto Rico a day ahead of another somber trip to Las Vegas, in the wake of the mass shooting that killed at least 59 people. "No. 2: Those who say that are people who have myopic views and a calculated political motive".

Mr Trump, who has grappled with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the past six weeks, praised the federal assistance so far in the U.S. territory but not without a remark about its financial cost.

"We are dying here".

Mr Trump also met San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, whom he criticised over the weekend.

Air Force One brought the president, first lady Melania Trump and aides to Puerto Rico for a tour stretching through the afternoon.

Before and during his visit Tuesday to Puerto Rico, Trump insisted the federal government had done "a great job" providing aid to the people and clearing roads so trucks can deliver food, water and other supplies to remote areas.

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.

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