Puerto Rico death toll not like 'real catastrophe' Katrina

Randolph Lopez
October 9, 2017

Take your pick of painfully awkward Donald Trump moments in Puerto Rico: Spanking officials for spending too much money on hurricane recovery; praising them for having a death count of 16 or; launching a bunch of paper towels into a crowd. The Spanish newspaper labeled the decision of Trump to throw rolls of paper to the neighbors of Guaynabo - a municipality in the neighborhood of San Juan - as if they were basketball balls, as "rude". He added that the estimated material damage was around $90 billion.

In response to comments made by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said, "This is, damn it, this is not a good news story".

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, on Puerto Rico's death toll from Hurricane Maria, against the 1,833 killed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Trump was roundly criticized in the days following the hurricane for emphasizing Puerto Rico's weak infrastructure and blaming ineffective leadership for delays in delivering badly needed aid to the island.

President Trump has criticised the mayor of the Island's capital over the sluggish response to the disaster relief efforts.

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The island was recently hit by powerful Hurricane Maria and has been working to restore power and clean water to the territory. A game? The first reaction that I had: "why is he throwing things to Puerto Ricans like we're animals?" said Frances Alvarado, a Puerto Rican living in North Carolina.

The President shook hands with the Mayor during his Tuesday's visit and again raised the issue of what Puerto Rico's recovery will cost and how to pay for it.

Then she wore a shirt bearing the word Trump used to describe how Democrats told Cruz to treat him during an interview on Univision.

Cruz slammed Trump's relief response last week during an interview with CNN, where she pleaded with the administration for more help. "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".

The residents of Puerto Rico are very happy with the visit of Trump, as they believe it will strengthen their efforts to rebuild the hurricane hit area. Sixty-five percent of grocery stores are now in operation and less than one-fifth of Puerto Rico's cellular towers are working.

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