San Juan Mayor Wears "Nasty" Shirt On Air in Response Trump

Mr Trump talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello
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Mr Trump talks with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Credit Reuters

As Air Force One headed for Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has clashed with Trump over the pace of relief efforts, announced she would attend a briefing with the president local leaders.

His administration has transferred more than $US20.5 million ($A26.2 million) in federal funds to Puerto Rico to defray disaster expenses, FEMA said on its website.

On Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump surveyed damage elsewhere on Puerto Rico, some of the nursery's 19 employees were busy repotting damaged plants and cleaning up.

Cisneros is partnering with several organizations leading an effort to get necessities to people who have lost everything.

Mulvaney was walking back comments Trump made on Tuesday, when Trump told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he would move to eliminate the island's debt. Over 700,000 Puerto Ricans now live in New York City.

Ms Cruz wore the shirt during an interview in which she attacked the President for his visit to Puerto Rico after the U.S. territory was devastated by a hurricane.

Supplies delivered from the mainland moved at a glacial pace, especially as it took a week for President Trump to temporarily waive the Jones Act, a law that bars foreign vessels to Puerto Rico, as well as the challenges of damaged airports and seaports.

The poll was conducted before Trump on Tuesday made his first trip to Puerto Rico, an island 1,000 miles from the mainland, after Hurricane Maria roared ashore September 20 and knocked out all power. "The primary focus of the federal effort is to make sure the island is safe and that we're rebuilding the island".

The U.S. territory is in a near blackout, its electricity grid shredded by the storm that slammed into the island on Sept 20. People leaving and losing their land to resorts and investors. Last Friday, the mayor appeared on television in a black shirt with white letters that read, "HELP US, WE ARE DYING".

Promising to help, Pence said the administration would "work every part of it and help Puerto Rico recover". She suspects Trump "didn't even know that Puerto Rico was an island that was part of America". He said he saw people having to drink rainwater and store lines that stretched around the block with customers only allowed to buy two items at a time. According to Bloomberg, over half of Puerto Ricans still lack electricity and running water.

"It took him how long to get to Puerto Rico?" said Bree Harris, a 25-year-old chef and Democrat from Los Angeles.

In confirming his trip on Monday, Trump continued to defend the hurricane response. Trump also singled out Gov. Ricardo Rossello for "giving us the highest praise".

As Velgara spoke, drivers of cars, trucks, and at least one MTA bus honked their horns in support from Fifth Avenue. "When someone is bothered by someone claiming lack of drinking water, lack of medicine for the sick and lack of food for the hungry, that person has problems too deep to be explained in an interview".

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