Mulvaney: We'll Help Puerto Rico Rebuild; Must 'Fix Itself' From Debt

Mr Trump talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello
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Mr Trump talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Credit Reuters

The hardy San Juan mayor is not one to be silenced, though, and in an interview with Univision on Wednesday she wrote a black T-shirt with the worst "nasty" on the front. "No, we only heard thank you's from the people of Puerto Rico", he said, adding, "I think it meant a lot to the people of Puerto Rico that I was there".

Trump notably called Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" during the presidential debates and the phrase was quickly reclaimed by those women who opposed him.

Much of the 3 million American citizens who live on the island are still without water, electricity and cell service after Maria struck as a powerful Category 4 storm on September 20, devastating the island and its structures. "What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people" she explained in Spanish.

In the frightful, post-hurricane wasteland where no people can get anything that's been donated to them and communication is better done with an Ouija board or smoke signals than anything else, Mayor Cruz was fortunate enough to be distributed a fashionable "SOS" hat and "HELP US WE ARE DYING" shirt.

"That could give Trump the opening to become a party and get involved", said Bruce Markell, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law and a retired bankruptcy judge.

President Donald Trump has maintained that the federal response to the category 4 hurricane was well coordinated and he has repeatedly accused the media of exaggerating the plight of Puerto Ricans.

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.

On Tuesday night, Gov. Ricardo Rossellorevealed that Puerto Rico's official death toll more than doubled since the storm hit the Carribean island.

NBC's Sunday night National Football League ratings dip from last year's week 3
CBS' pregame show, " The NFL Today ", was up 33% compared to previous year , and scored its best overnight rating since 2010. In a tweet sent right before Sunday's games, the president said "NFL attendance and ratings are way down".

Fred Papali, a physician from Baltimore with family on the island, spent three days witnessing the dire situation in Puerto Rico.

On that same note, anyone assuming problems with disaster relief are exclusively the fault of President Trump is incorrect. "We're talking about life or death".

The picture painted by Trump's visit to Puerto Rico, where he toured some of the island's least damaged neighbourhoods and tossed paper towels into a crowd, is far different from the reality elsewhere on the island.

His criticism comes on the heels of two major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which ripped through Puerto Rico last month. "But we also, coordinating with the people in Puerto Rico, have to make sure that they have a voice in whatever reconstruction happens".

However, Trump, who unleashed a series of tweets blasting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for criticizing the federal government's slow response to the disaster on the island, could not contain himself even while pledging an all-out effort to help the island.

Puerto Rico's bonds, which have been falling since Hurricane Maria struck, took a sharp plunge Wednesday.

The president said the people of Puerto Rico were "very thankful" to his administration during his visit earlier on Tuesday.

During Trump's visit to the USA territory on Tuesday, the mayor and president shook hands.

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