Donald Trump tosses paper towels into crowd of Puerto Rico hurricane survivors
- Author: Joanne Flowers Oct 07, 2017,
Oct 07, 2017, 10:40
The former Celebrity Apprentice host and the mayor have been feuding since last week when she criticized the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico. More than 30 deaths on the island have been attributed to the hurricane, which also knocked out Puerto Rico's entire power grid and left many of its 3.4 million residents without potable water. Puerto Rico's population totals just 3.4 million and its debt burden has always been unwieldy.
"That is a process that was put in place and set up under [former President] Obama, and has a board of advisers that deals with that debt".
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney walked back President Trump's comment to "wipe out" Puerto Rico's billions of dollars in debt in the aftermath of a hurricane that has devastated the United States territory.
Gutierrez recently visited the island territory, bringing supplies for his family and touring some of the hard-hit communities.
"I'm just very proud of the fact - you look at just one statistic, 16 deaths".
TONIGHT: Stephen's reviewing the footage from Trump's visit to Puerto Rico, and it's more "disaster" than "relief". (By contrast, the town of Caguas, 10 miles southeast of Guaybana, saw 1200 houses flattened by the Hurricane Maria.) And the church Trump went to, a favorite of conservatives who've relocated from the mainland USA, was already well stocked with relief supplies.
In addition to speaking in Puerto Rico, Trump threw out paper towels to crowds at a church on the island and also handed out flashlights to a crowd.
"There's a lot of love in this room", Trump said while giving out the supplies.
CNN journalist and Trump's bête noire Jim Acosta said that Trump's behavior was "strange and un-presidential".
"But that's fine", he said, "because we've saved a lot of lives".
Charlie Sepulveda is a two-time Latin Grammy nominated jazz musician who lives in in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, which was badly pummeled by Hurricane Maria.
Congress past year passed a law called the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, known as PROMESA, which was meant to help Puerto Rico restructure its debt.