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Trump, San Juan's Mayor Have Different Views On His Puerto Rico Trip

08 Octobre 2017

Mexico's offer comes in the context of strained relations with the USA in the months since Mr Trump took office.

Meanwhile, a poll released by The Associated Press-NORC Wednesday found that just 32 per cent approve of how Trump is handling disaster relief in the USA territory, while 49 per cent disapprove. Roads are damaged, bridges have collapsed and an unknown number of Puerto Ricans are stranded in the hills and hollows of the mountain interior without access to water or food. She then directed a pointed comment at Trump: "So I am asking the President of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives". Describing Trump's visit as "unexpected" and "overwhelming", one Calvary Chapel attendee anonymously told OUT that it became an unwarranted "celebrity appearance", adding that "this was a political show for Trump to gain points with Puerto Rico".

Cruz was Trump's most prominent critic heading into the visit, which followed a weekend in which Trump pushed back on criticism over federal relief response and cited the "poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico" on Twitter.

They shook hands and spoke briefly.

Although he acknowledged that "every death" is tragic, he countered his statements by comparing the fatalities between the 2005 and 2017 tropical storms. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people.

The number killed by Maria was later increased to 34, with 19 killed directly by the hurricane, according to a spokesman for Governor Ricardo Rosello. "We have to do something because the debt was massive on the island". Because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico.

CNN journalist and Trump's bête noire Jim Acosta said that Trump's behavior was "strange and un-presidential". Much of the island is still without power or clean drinking water.

Trump, who has plenty of bankruptcy experience from his business career, could try to bring the various parties to the bargaining table to reach a deal.

When Behar said she believes his supporters will see the paper towel tossing as "a gesture of friendliness" and some of his comments as Trump being "lighthearted in a bad situation", Goldberg wasn't buying it.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he praised his administration's response to Maria.

"Sometimes his style of communication gets in the way", Cruz said of Trump's comment.

Trump, San Juan's Mayor Have Different Views On His Puerto Rico Trip