Trump almost threw cans of chicken at hurricane victims

Trump almost threw cans of chicken at hurricane victims

Trump almost threw cans of chicken at hurricane victims

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.

After delivering the jaw-dropping briefing to reporters, Trump visited a chapel in the town of Guaynabo serving as a distribution centre for emergency supplies.

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico", he said.

Almost two weeks after the storm, which is estimated to have caused $90 million (£67 million) of damage, 95% of electricity customers remain without power - including hospitals.

Among those who met him at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina was San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who later took part in a meeting with the President which she described as "productive".

In the Univision interview, Cruz called out Trump for his apparent impatience with the struggling citizens of Puerto Rico.

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.

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"You know, I say we got an A+ in Texas, we got an A+ in Florida, and we may have done our best work here but it hasn't been appreciated, but actually you see over the last couple of days people are seeing what we've done", said Mr. Trump.

Almost two weeks after Maria thrashed through the U.S. territory, much of the island remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. "And that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives", he told a gathering. "You know that FEMA the SBA, you know that every other agency is going to move at his direction." he said. Speaking with reporters in San Juan, Trump said that "it's been fantastic what's been done in a very short period of time on Puerto Rico".

Cruz also lashed out against Trump's act of tossing paper towels at the hurricane victims, calling it 'terrible and abominable'.

"What really is nasty is showing your back to the Puerto Rican people", Cruz added.

In the interview Wednesday, Cruz said that she intentionally wore the shirt to hit back at Trump.

The hurricane knocked out almost all of Puerto Rico's electrical grid and most of its cellular service.

According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, just 32% of respondents approve of how Trump is handling relief efforts in Puerto Rico, while 49% disapprove. People feel like they're not being heard especially on an island like Puerto Rico, who feels like they aren't getting what they need.

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