Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Trump risks political storm with ill-timed jokes in Puerto Rico

Trump risks political storm with ill-timed jokes in Puerto Rico

The hardy San Juan mayor is not one to be silenced, though, and in an interview with Univision on Wednesday she wrote a black T-shirt with the worst "nasty" on the front.

"I think what you heard the president say is that Puerto Rico is going to have to figure out a way to solve its debt problem", Mulvaney said.

After President Donald Trump said Puerto Rico's debt will be wiped out, White House officials rushed to rule out any USA bailout of bondholders, who lent the commonwealth about $74 billion. "What really is nasty is showing your back to the Puerto Rican people".

And San Juan's hospitals are faring far better than those in less populated areas, Santiago said: "What you are seeing around here, it's heaven compared to some people in the inland, in the mountains". She then directed a pointed comment at Trump: "So I am asking the President of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives".

Trump also got a somewhat frosty reception from some Puerto Rico residents, after more than a week of back-and-forth between the president and local critics of the US relief effort.

"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".

Up the road in the upscale Guaynabo neighborhood, one of the fastest to recover, around 200 people cheered Trump's visit to a local church being used to distribute supplies.

He could order the U.S. Justice Department to defend the 2016 federal law that Puerto Rico is trying to use to slash its debt and about $49 billion in pension obligations. "You're going to get millions, creating a devastating demographic shift for us here in Puerto Rico, a brain drain".

Nasty women aren't done standing up to President Trump.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello also stressed the importance of preparation.

A protester holds a sign criticizing President Trump's handling of the Puerto Rican crisis post-Hurricane Maria.

Mr Trump, who has grappled with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the past six weeks, praised the federal assistance so far in the U.S. territory but not without a remark about its financial cost.

Santiago's experience has left him hoping that Puerto Rico will begin relying more on solar power and other renewable energy as it looks to fix its damaged grid. "We're talking about life or death".

In a particularly insensitive reprise of former President Ronald Reagan's 1980s-era canard likening low-income African-American mothers to "welfare queens" driving Cadillacs and eating steaks, Trump lashed out Sunday at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz after she noted that federal disaster aid has been slow in reaching Puerto Rico.

President Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of wiping out hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico's crushing debt load.

There will be time for the administration to take credit for Puerto Rico's return to normalcy. "[Trump] said the Puerto Ricans just want everything done for them".

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