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Trump's Latest Approval Rating Shows Americans Don't Care About Puerto Rico

07 October 2017

US President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico and told them to be "proud" the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip created to quiet criticism of his administration's response to the disaster. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App Many communities on the island are still waiting for power and clean water. I'd been thinking about how Trump's praise of his administration's response to Maria is reminiscent of George W. Bush praising his FEMA Director Michael Brown, but Dingell gets a tip of the hat for making that connection in the most hilarious way possible. And what we're focusing on right now is what you and I just talked about, which is the primary focus of the federal effort is to make sure the island is safe and that we're rebuilding the island. "Go inside the country, like where I live", Burgos told Pence, who listened intently along with his wife, Karen Pence.

Health officials in Puerto Rico on Wednesday inspected the US Naval Hospital Ship Comfort as it docked in San Juan. President Donald Trump had hoped to visit earlier in the week, but the White House said hard logistics in the aftermath of the storm prevented his trip.

Trump passed out yellow bags of rice and then started tossing rolls of towels into the crowd as if he were shooting free-throws.

At one point, he handed out flashlights.

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is letting her fashion do the talking.

"This awful and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation", San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz told MSNBC.

"Our number one priority should be helping the people of Puerto Rico recover from one of the worst natural disasters in history", Perez said in a statement. That's going to have to be, you know - you can say goodbye to that.

Cruz wore a shirt that said "HELP US WE ARE DYING" Friday, in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper. "And now we're in the process of raising funds to be able to assist them in transition", Suarez said.

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Cruz referenced the phrase the former businessman used to attack her of "poor leadership" on social media.

On Tuesday, she shook hands with him and told him: "It's about saving lives, it's not about politics". He did not respond.

Following the visit, the White House announced it was preparing to send a $29bn (£22bn) disaster aid request to Congress.

Before Maria hit, Puerto Rico already faced a 45 percent poverty rate, 10 percent unemployment, and the second-highest murder rate in the nation during 2016, according to the Times.

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Trump's Latest Approval Rating Shows Americans Don't Care About Puerto Rico