Trump says United States must 'wipe out' Puerto Rico debt

Glen Mclaughlin
October 8, 2017

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz continues to be the voice of hope for Puerto Rico.

In response, Trump tweeted on Saturday, "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".

Earlier this week, Cruz went on CNN and said the White House staffers accompanying Trump to Puerto Rico understood the situation on the ground better than he does.

Critics of Trump first started embracing the "nasty" moniker in 2016, when as the Republican presidential nominee he called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" during a presidential debate.

In an interview with Fox News, US President Donald Trump added to the economic strain of Puerto Rico by suggesting the US overseas territory should default on its debt.

Reports state that Mexico plans to ship experts from its state-run power company to the island to help address the region's electricity problems, along with 30 tonnes of bottled water, and mosquito repellent.

She ended the interview with this zinger: "What is truly nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people". "Well, you know, they're dying". So, Mr. Trump, I am begging you to take charge and save lives.

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"You can be very proud of your people and all of our people working together", the President said on his first visit to Puerto Rico since Maria struck on September 20 as a Category 4 hurricane that knocked out power, water and telecommunications service.

And as tens of thousands of Puerto Rico families are left homeless, he added: "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack".

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.

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Trump and other administration officials have worked in recent days to reassure Americans that recovery efforts are going well and combat a perception that the president failed to fully grasp the magnitude of the storm's destruction in its immediate aftermath.

President Donald Trump walks toward reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on September 29, in Washington. "But we also, coordinating with the people in Puerto Rico, have to make sure that they have a voice in whatever reconstruction happens". "Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track". It was a jarring comment from the president, who has repeatedly reminded Puerto Rico about its debts to Wall Street while the island struggles with a disaster that Gov. Ricardo Rosello estimated could cost more than $90 billion.

In a statement on Tuesday, network provider AT&T Inc (T.N) praised the FCC efforts at rebuilding communications infrastructure.

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