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Trump Lobs Praise, and Paper Towels, to Puerto Rico Storm Victims - New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump ventured on Tuesday to a storm-ravaged American island territory where residents have felt neglected by their government, telling Puerto Rican officials that they should be proud that only 16 people were known to have ...and more »

Could Hurricane Maria Force a Change in Puerto Rico's Relationship to the US? - Americas Quarterly

Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, was the third major storm to hit the U.S. in a month. It followed fast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which concentrated their damage on Florida and Texas. Their quick succession ...and more »

Trump attacks San Juan mayor over hurricane response - CNN

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump launched an attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday for criticizing the White House's hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, accusing her of "poor leadership" and suggesting that the island's ...and more »

Twitter Slams Trump Over Comments On San Juan Mayor's 'Poor Leadership' - International Business Times

President Donald Trump went after San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Twitter criticizing her leadership and also complained that people in Puerto Rico “want everything to be done for them.” His comments come after a Category 4 storm hit the island, ...and more »

White House walks back Trump's Puerto Rico comments as Wall Street reels - Politico

NEW YORK — On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump casually told Geraldo Rivera on Fox News that the United States would have to wipe out $75 billion in debt owed by Puerto Rico to bondholders around the world. Wall Street promptly freaked out, ...and more »

6 reasons why Puerto Rico slid into financial crisis - CNBC

Puerto Rico's attempts to slash its massive debts have taken on greater urgency after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, leading to President Trump's comments Tuesday that the U.S. territory's liabilities should be eliminated. But the island's ...and more »

Trump says Puerto Rico didn't suffer a 'real catastrophe' like Katrina - Yahoo News

President Trump kicked off his visit to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico Tuesday by continuing to applaud his own federal recovery efforts while simultaneously attempting to downplay the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which has left 95 percent of ...and more »

Why Puerto Rico will be without power for months - Vox

In the wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma, 95 percent of Puerto Rico's electric grid is down. A public health crisis is underway, and the 3.4 million US citizens living on the island need federal assistance. But the road to recovery is long, due in part ...and more »

Who Is Carmen Yulín Cruz, the Puerto Rican Mayor Criticized by Trump? - New York Times

SAN JUAN, P.R. — When Carmen Yulín Cruz was a long-shot candidate for mayor here in 2012, she cast herself as a “pitirre,” a small bird known for fearlessly attacking larger ones. Now in her second term as mayor of San Juan, the capital of this ...and more »

Trump in Devastated Puerto Rico: You've Thrown Budget 'Out of Whack' - Newsmax

Trump pledged an all-out effort to help the island but added: "Now 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. And that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives." He ...and more »