Trump praises Puerto Rico officials for 'low' death toll in hurricane

Trump praises Puerto Rico officials for 'low' death toll in hurricane

Trump praises Puerto Rico officials for 'low' death toll in hurricane

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget out of whack - because we have spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico". Instead, an estimated total of 10,000 shipping containers sit at the numerous ports of Puerto Rico are unable to be delivered.

He went on to compare the death toll caused by Hurricane Maria, which stood at 16, with the 1,833 killed by Hurricane Katrina - which the president described as "a real catastrophe".

As we all know, President Trump and San Juan's Mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, simply don't get along.

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. About half do not have access to fresh drinking water.

The most recent shot came from Cruz, who wore a t-shirt with the word "NASTY" written on it while castigating Trump in a TV interview the day after he visited the USA territory.

Hurricane Maria knocked out power to the island's 3.4 million residents, devastating the already dilapidated electric power infrastructure. "Do you have any idea how many sexy calendars we're going to have to sell just to pay for this?'" Colbert said.

He found himself in a awkward situation when he told off Puerto Rico for spending more than it should have done on hurricane recovery.

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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".

Before his visit on Tuesday, Trump famously feuded with Yulín Cruz on Twitter when she criticized the federal response to hurricane victims in the USA territory in a press conference and on CNN.

Cruz said Trump's ineffective appearance highlighted the president's "communication issue", calling him the "miscommunicator in chief".

He added: "I appreciate your support and I know you appreciate ours".

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday mocked President Trump for throwing rolls of paper towels at a crowd of Puerto Ricans while visiting the devastated island in the wake of Hurricane Maria. "What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people".

Currently, only a small percentage of Puerto Rico's population has electricity. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

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