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Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

 

The mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan says President Donald Trump’s response to the hurricane that devastated the US territory last year is a “stain on his presidency”.

Carmen Yulin Cruz’s comments came a day after officials said 2,975 people had died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria last September.

The revised death toll is nearly 50 times the previous estimate of 64.

“The Trump administration killed the Puerto Rican with neglect,” she said.

Speaking to CNN, she added: “The Trump administration led us to believe that they were helping when they weren’t really up to par.”

The territory has struggled to repair its infrastructure and power grid since the storm, and is asking US Congress for $139bn (£108bn) in recovery funds.

Ms Cruz criticised Mr Trump personally for his response to the crisis, referencing a photo op during which the president threw rolls of paper towels to a crowd of hurricane survivors.

On Wednesday Mr Trump defended his administration saying: “I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico.”

“We have put billions and billions of dollars into Puerto Rico and it was a very tough one,” he continued, adding “I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we’ve done.”

“I only hope they don’t get hit again,” said Mr Trump. Read more

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Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions