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Puerto Rico put budget 'out of whack' but lives saved

October 24 2017, 04:02 | Rex Rios

Mr Trump talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Credit Reuters

Mr Trump talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello
Credit
Reuters

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.

The former Celebrity Apprentice host and the mayor have been feuding since last week when she criticized the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico. "And that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives", Trump said on Tuesday while vowing relief effort in the US' Caribbean territory.

The famous "nasty woman" phase came about during the final presidential debate when Trump called opposing candidate Hilary Clinton, "such as nasty woman".

President Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, 13 days after Hurricane Maria devastated the island - and Stephen Colbert, for one, is very thankful he did.

The US's southern neighbour plans to ship experts from its state-run power company to the island, where large numbers of people are without electricity, along with 30 tonnes of water and mosquito repellent. "Well, you know, they're dying". Trump's choice of words, which harked back to an earlier generation's euphemistic locutions about "those people", couldn't have been more heartless.

Trump also got a somewhat frosty reception from some Puerto Rico residents, after more than a week of back-and-forth between the president and local critics of the USA relief effort.

"They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street".

Up the road in the upscale Guaynabo neighborhood, one of the fastest to recover, around 200 people cheered Trump's visit to a local church being used to distribute supplies.

Even before the storm hit on September 20, Puerto Rico was in dire condition thanks to a decade-long economic recession that had left its infrastructure, including the island's power lines, in a sorry state. "You're going to get millions, creating a devastating demographic shift for us here in Puerto Rico, a brain drain". San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz may have subtly clapped back at President Trump during an interview.

During his briefing in San Juan, Trump singled out Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló "for not playing politics" with the response.

The damage from Hurricane Maria has only worsened the island's fiscal plight, and Congress is expected to step in with financial assistance to help rebuild its infrastructure.

This comes right after what many saw as a horrific visit to Puerto Rico by the President on Tuesday where the executive in chief was throwing rolls of paper towels into the crowd.

The type of federal hurricane recovery aid that Puerto Rico receives could influence how the repayment process unfolds.

"We've had support from Black Lives Matter, Filipino groups, Cuban Solidarity groups", Velgara said.

There will be time for the administration to take credit for Puerto Rico's return to normalcy. "They want everything to be done for them", Trump griped, using the third-person plural to paint the entire island as a bunch of lazy, undeserving ingrates unwilling to lift a finger to help themselves.



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