Trump says Puerto Rico has thrown the budget 'out of whack'

Henrietta Brewer
October 8, 2017

President Donald Trump finally dropped by Puerto Rico, where thousands of people remain without access to electricity or potable water after Hurricane Maria lashed the island on September 20.

Trump visited the island earlier in the day, and mentioned the fiscal impact of rebuilding.

It has been two weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, leaving the US commonwealth on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

While Trump can't erase the island's debt obligations, the dealer, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNBC that bondholders worry the us will start giving new loans to Puerto Rico, as requested by its governor.

Donald Trump downplayed the severity of the hurricane during his visit as he claimed Puerto Rico should be proud only 16 people died.

"If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina (2005 in New Orleans) and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds of people that died and what happened here with a storm that was just totally overbearing". "I would hope that the president of the United States stops spouting out comments that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico".

The sight of him throwing paper towels to people in the crowd was "terrible and abominable", CNN quoted her, as saying.

"Governor, I just want to tell you that, right from the beginning, this governor did not play politics", Trump said of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

President Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz shook hands during the president's visit on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

"In Texas and in Florida, we get an A plus", he said.

Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island's infrastructure, leaving the majority of the 3.5 million residents without access to power.

"And in fact, this awful and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it really - it does not embody the spirit of the American nation, you know?"

The trip offered Mr Trump the chance to show solidarity with survivors, who are still struggling to get basic necessities, and demonstrate how his government intends to help them recover after they were hit by Maria, the worst hurricane in 90 years.

Hitting back at the president, she told Univision while wearing the statement T-shirt: "What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people". Saying, "He's sort of like miscommunicator-in-chief".

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