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Puerto Rico Governor: Hurricane Maria Death Toll Doubles To 34

07 Octobre 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump throws rolls of paper towels to a crowd of local residents affected by Hurricane Maria as he visits a disaster relief distribution center at Calgary Chapel in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017.

Trump handed out packages of rice, then tossed rolls of paper towels into the crowd like a hoops star arching three-pointers, as some audience members captured the spectacle on their cellphones.

"We have delivered food and water, and it hasn't gotten to some people", he said. In an interview with MSNBC, she also said chatting with White House staff and informing them of what's happening on the island proved useful. "We are dying here, and I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles", Cruz said.

"The debt was massive on the island". Adding, "He minimized our suffering here by saying Katrina was a "real" disaster, sort of implying that this was not a real disaster because not many people have died here".

Mr Trump was criticised in Mexico for the time he took to offer condolences to his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, over the first quake, which killed at least 98 people.

'You can be very proud. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people.

The comments came as Trump visited the island in his fourth hurricane-related trip in the course of just over a month.

Cruz, a Democrat, has not yet formally announced if she is indeed running for governor.

"I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs, but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that", Trump said in the interview, which aired late Tuesday.

'But that's fine because we've saved a lot of lives'.

Known deaths from Maria in Puerto Rico stand at 34, The Associated Press reported. The island is home to the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Area, a site used by the U.S. Navy for military exercises that's been contaminated by heavy metals and toxic chemicals.

On Wednesday afternoon, the House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a member forum to discuss the emergency response to hurricane damage in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It took the president days to tweet a message to the victims, as he was too busy last weekend railing on the National Football League to acknowledge that there were thousands without access to drinking water in Puerto Rico.

Speaking about the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, Mr Trump compared the catastrophe to that of Hurricane Katrina.

Puerto Rico Governor: Hurricane Maria Death Toll Doubles To 34