Puerto Rico mayor dons 'NASTY' T-shirt in TV appearance slamming Trump

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Prior to the president's visit, he had exchanged barbed comments on Twitter with the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who had begged the federal government for help. We'll have more on Puerto Rico with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of NY, who is originally from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria made landfall just over two weeks ago.

Then-Republican candidate Trump called Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" during the final presidential debate in October 2016.

It's been almost two weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, a US territory, and President Donald Trump is just now getting around to visiting the island. Half of the island still doesn't have access to drinking water, and 95 percent of households don't have electricity. "But I will tell you, the first responders, the military, FEMA, they have done an incredible job in Puerto Rico".

"Sixteen dead - versus in the thousands", Trump said during a briefing with Puerto Rican officials adding that, while "every death is a horror", the devastation has not been a catastrophe on the same scale of Hurricane Katrina, which killed some 1,800 people in New Orleans in 2005.

They were expected to spend more than five hours on the ground, meeting first responders, local officials and some of the 3.4 million people whose lives have been upended by a hurricane that, in the president's words, left the island US territory "flattened".

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.

Puerto Rico has over $70 billion in public debt. He said the administration was sending Congress a disaster aid package that includes money for Puerto Rico to deal with "rebuilding, repair, debris removal, getting the electric grid up, getting the water back running and so forth". She recently shot back at President Trump by sporting a "nasty" t-shirt on live television.

During last year's campaign, Trump suggested the US government could address its own debt problems by renegotiating its bonds and paying less than their face value, remarks that also raised alarms in the markets.

It is noteworthy that the president did not raise similar concerns about the cost to the federal treasury of aid to Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were battered by storms during an unusually violent hurricane season. We're talking about life or death! In case you were out of the loop, any of Puerto Rico's post-Irma problems have nothing to do with the fact it's an island or had poor infrastructure beforehand.

While some Puerto Ricans expressed appreciation for Trump's visit on Tuesday, others said they were frustrated with the pace of the recovery - and the tone of some of the president's remarks.

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 when it should be a community effort".

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