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San Juan Mayor Protests Trump With "Nasty" T-Shirt

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Lillian Steele | 09 October, 2017, 00:42

"Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack", Trump said. On October 4, the Trump administration asked U.S. lawmakers to sanction $29 billion to assist victims who were traumatized with hurricanes which hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

"Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here and what is your death count?" "He kind of minimized our suffering here by saying that Katrina was a real disaster, sort of implying that this was not a real disaster because not many people have died here", she said.

Trump and Cruz have been disparaging each other through the press and social media for almost a week as criticism poured in over Trump's response to the Hurricane Maria damage in Puerto Rico. While her own city's flood waters have receded and things are slowly being restored, she laments the fact that there are inland communities that have been ravaged and continue to exist without drinking water or electricity. "Well, you know, they're dying".

Last night, Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello said the revised death toll was 34 - but that figure is expected to rise further in the coming weeks. If you recall, Cruz took to national TV begging for more aid from the United States in wake of Hurricane Maria.

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump" he tweeted.

Mr Trump has been criticised for what many say has been a slow response to the island's crisis.

Colbert then showed footage of a press conference in San Juan, when Trump said that Puerto Rico's weather is "second to none", expect for the hurricanes, "and you really got hit". She also called Donald Trump more "miscommunicator in chief" than commander in chief.

Later in the day, Trump made a 20-minute visit to a church where he posed for pictures with people seeking relief supplies, and hurled paper towel rolls into the crowd. 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. He added that Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

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