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Here's why Donald Trump's 'terrific' visit to Puerto Rico offended many

09 October 2017

President Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, and Stephen Colbert was ready and waiting to do an official play-by-play.

So, Mr. Trump, I am begging you to take charge and save lives.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz arrives at the San Francisco hospital during the evacuation of patients after an electrical plant failure, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

He told officials that they should be "very proud" that the death toll from the storm was so low, unlike the deaths seen in "a real catastrophe, like (2005's Hurricane) Katrina".

The offer came on Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico.

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FEMA spokesman William Booher noted that the statistics remain on a website maintained by Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, which now indicates 54 percent of Puerto Ricans have access to drinking water and 9.2 percent have electricity.

Hurricane Maria knocked out power to the island's 3.4 million residents, devastating the already dilapidated electric power infrastructure.

"Number one, what I said to the president is that this is about saving lives, this is not about politics", Cruz stated (translation).

He has also been pilloried by opponents for moving more slowly to help Puerto Rico than he did Texas or Florida.

"We need to do a lot more in order for us to get out of the emergency", Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said in San Juan.

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In an interview with CNN, she said that Trump sometimes "spouts" comments "that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico".

"In fact, this awful and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation", Cruz said.

Following the Puerto Rico visit, Trump appeared on Fox News and promised to "wipe out" the island's debt.

Cruz, who exchanged a war of words with Trump over the weekend about the federal response to help the island recover, called Trump the "miscommunicator-in-chief" when she spoke to MSNBC on Tuesday.

"Everyone around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's been taking place in Puerto Rico".

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"Sir, it's on tape, you're being criticized because people are seeing. they're not making it up, you're not a cartoon there".

Here's why Donald Trump's 'terrific' visit to Puerto Rico offended many