Trump's Puerto Rico visit faces criticism as he tosses paper towels

The couple, who relocated to Tyler about a year and a half ago as part of Rivera's job in the local U.S. Army Recruiting Office, has been able to confirm that their families are OK, but not much else.

A group met on Thursday to announce several ways people can help get supplies to the struggling island. The president is expected to spend more than five hours on the island, meeting with first responders, local officials and some of the residents struggling to recover from a hurricane that, in Trump's words, left the island USA territory "flattened".

But the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal personnel are there trying to help.

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack", Trump said.

Rodriguez left her home on Puerto Rico two days ago, searching for any kind of assistance after the destruction on the island.

While Puerto Rico is still in a near blackout from Hurricane Maria, one flower grower is already back in business thanks to his investment in solar energy.

"The Governor said when times are tough and when things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best", Dr. Kristina Johnson, SUNY Chancellor, said.

The Pences, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and Del.

On Sept. 30, the CEO of PACIV, an worldwide engineering firm based in Puerto Rico, Jorge Rodriguez, warned the U.S. Congress about the Puerto Rican government's alleged inability to handle an influx of funds and aid.

In a press conference on Friday, prior to the president's visit, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz pleaded for help. And he spoke consistently about the federal government's commitment to helping the region recover. "I don't think I'm making any news by saying that". Trump had come under heated criticism for what some said was a sluggish response to the storm's devastation.

President Donald Trump and his administration have been criticized for the slow pace of recovery after a category 5 hurricane devastated the island's roads and power grids, creating a humanitarian crisis for the 3.5 million residents who could not access clean water or food. What we do have in common with Puerto Rico is poverty, or lack of financial advantage.

The vice president was traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico later in the day.

  • Salvatore Jensen