President Trump Responds to Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

President Donald Trump flew to Puerto Rico last week to meet with victims of Hurricane Maria. Although it has been weeks since the Hurricane hit, most of Puerto Rico is still without power and people are struggling to find food and clean water.

Trump and the federal government’s response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has been controversial. The federal response to the disaster was slow; it took days for workers and supplies to reach the island.

Trump’s response to the hurricane has been heavily criticized. In the days following the hurricane, he took to twitter to attack San Juan MCayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. He also tweeted that the Puerto Rican workers, “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” Donald Trump has repeatedly praised U.S. first responders throughout the relief efforts.

During his visit, President Trump said, “the job that has been done here is really nothing short of a miracle,” reiterating his praise of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He also stated during a press conference, “Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico. And that’s fine. We’ve saved a lot of lives.”

After the press conference, President Trump visited with residents of the wealthy Guaynabo neighborhood, which was one of the quickest to recover from the storm. It was during this event that he threw rolls of paper towels into the crowd.

Reconstruction in Puerto Rico will continue as FEMA has 10,000 agents working on the island.

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