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

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

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

"We saved a lot of lives", he said.

Known deaths from Maria in the U.S. territory stand at 34.

He said the deaths in the aftermath of Maria would pale in comparison to a "real catastrophe like Katrina", a reference to the official death toll of 1,833 from the hurricane that devastated Louisiana in August 2005.

He turned to Rossello and asked, "What is your death count as of this moment - 17?"

"Sixteen people certified, 16 people versus in the thousands".

Prior to his announcement in a news conference in the afternoon, the death toll stood at 16.

"Obviously, I would love offsets for any additional spending we have but emergency spending is exactly that - it's emergency, so typically holding out for offsets is not something that's a position that you can maintain for any length of time", North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters on Thursday. But that number is all but certain to climb. "Right from the beginning this governor did not play politics".

Prior to the president's visit, he had exchanged barbed comments on Twitter with the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who had begged the federal government for help.

Puerto Ricans have accused Donald Trump of treating them "like dogs" after the US President's ill-fated visit to the hurricane-struck island. 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. "Information on the stats you are specifically looking for are readily available" on the website maintained by the governor's office, Booher said. Speaking Wednesday morning in an interview with Radio Isla, the pro-statehood official said everyone has a different way of "conducting oneself".

"They would qualify for admission without having to have their immunization records, their birth certificate or their student records from their previous school", said Linda Cobbe, spokesperson for Pasco County schools. Even if they weren't, what kind of human being would not do all he or she could to save as many lives as possible. "So thank you, thank you, Mr. President".

"Puerto Rico is Puerto Rico", one of the men in the family responded.

Air Force Two flew over homes stripped of their roofs, toppled trees and debris strewn in yards as it arrived on St. Croix, where Pence attended a briefing on recovery efforts at an Army National Guard hangar before visiting a church to meet with people affected by the storm. "You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we're gonna have to wipe that out..." "It's not easy. We're reaching some people, but the island needs more mental health professionals".

"This stinks", Santos said tearfully, leaving the stifling room in which her frail grandmother lay so as not to upset her.

And she called his decision to throw paper towels and other supplies into a crowd of Hurricane Maria survivors "terrible and abominable".

"I think it's now acknowledged what a great job we've done, and people are looking at that", he said as he was departing the White House on Tuesday.

His administration has transferred more than $US20.5 million ($A26.2 million) in federal funds to Puerto Rico to defray disaster expenses, FEMA said on its website. "We need their truck drivers to start driving trucks".

In this way, Trump has consistently misused social media to tweet his every fleeting thought and whim despite the advice of many, including his own staff, to do otherwise. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, also joined the president on the trip and were seen disembarking the plane.

Along the route of his motorcade a single sign declared him a "bad hombre".

"People are unable to go to work, they cannot produce, they do not know when they can return to work", she said.

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