Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Mulvaney: We'll Help Puerto Rico Rebuild; Must 'Fix Itself' From Debt

Mulvaney: We'll Help Puerto Rico Rebuild; Must 'Fix Itself' From Debt

Prior to the president's visit, he had exchanged barbed comments on Twitter with the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who had begged the federal government for help.

The former Celebrity Apprentice host and the mayor have been feuding since last week when she criticized the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico.

When he levied the same insult at Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate a year ago, it immediately became a symbol of anti-Trump feminists across the country, inspiring a host of "Nasty Woman" shirts.

The Governor also commented on US President Donald Trump's visit to Puerto Rico and said he had highlighted the importance of the recovery process to Trump as well as the urgent need to fully restore electricity on the island, Efe news reported.

Some Democrats roasted the Trump presentation, noting that much of the island still lacks food, potable water, and electrical power. In the long term, it must focus on rebuilding to stabilise and strengthen Puerto Rico's crippled, debt-ridden economy, modernise its infrastructure, and encourage young people to stay and tourists to return. "Well, you know, they're dying".

Mexico's renewed offer for aid comes in the context of strained relations with the United States in the months since Mr Trump took office.

Trump's paper product flinging made for memorable visuals during his visit to the USA territory, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last month.

Trump visited relief camps meeting the survivors and distributed supplies even throwing paper-towel rolls into the crowd.

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Among the other signs of progress Friday, according to Puerto Rico's government: 78 percent of gas stations up and running, 73 percent of supermarkets open, and more than half of bank branches open.

Nasty women aren't done standing up to President Trump. "And that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives", he told a gathering.

Data from Media Cloud, which reviews internet news, showed there was far less media coverage of Hurricane Maria than of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which hit the continental USA, fivethirtyeight reported; specifically, there were fewer sentences written or spoken about the events in Puerto Rico than in Texas or Florida.

There will be time for the administration to take credit for Puerto Rico's return to normalcy.

The island is still grappling with the damage caused by the storm.

Cruz and Trump met Tuesday during Trump's visit to the storm-ravaged island. Trump asked, as he turned to Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossell ≥.

Cruz participated in an on-camera briefing when Trump and the first lady arrived, listening to the president praise one public official after another.

The White House budget office director said on Wednesday that the President "meant" that the island will have to "figure out a way to solve its debt problem". In another missive, Trump said too many people in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them".

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