Trump Treating Us Like 'Dogs,' Say Puerto Ricans

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"Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands", Trump said.

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack", Trump said jokingly, adding: "That's fine".

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz arrives at the San Francisco hospital during the evacuation of patients after an electrical plant failure, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

On Tuesday, Trump visited the island to assess the damage of storm, suggesting that Maria was not a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina, and making a joke about the cost of the recovery.

Trump received some criticism for telling Puerto Ricans they escaped the higher death toll of "a real catastrophe like Katrina".

The co-hosts of "The View" were shocked by President Donald Trump's visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

"We have delivered food and water, and it hasn't gotten to some people", he said.

Some 12,000 civilian federal workers and a much smaller number of U.S. military personnel were in Puerto Rico to deliver aid and assist with relief efforts, though many criticised Washington for its delayed response to the devastation.

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. "Do you have any idea how many sexy calendars we're going to have to sell just to pay for this?'" Colbert said.

He has also been pilloried by opponents for moving more slowly to help Puerto Rico than he did Texas or Florida.

She went on to say that she gets along with P.R. governor Ricardo Rosselló, who is a "tireless collaborator", even though the two share different visions about life.

In the interview Wednesday, Cruz said that she intentionally wore the shirt to hit back at Trump.

Trump added Cruz was "very complimentary only a few days ago", but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump". "Everybody around this table, and everybody watching, can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico".

She also took particular issue with the "terrible" and "abominable" images of Trump throwing rolls of paper towels into a crowd of people during the visit. "That is not the land of the free and the home of the courageous that the beacon of democracy that people have learned to look up to, you know".

Thankfully, Yulín Cruz seems to have had an easier time getting White House staff to understand Puerto Rico's needs, and through them has managed to make some headway in getting the island what it needs to survive.


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