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Puerto Rico Mayor Wears 'Nasty' Shirt On-Air

08 October 2017, 05:22 | Melissa Porter

Harriet Alexander dispatch Aid crisis in Puerto Rico 01:31

Harriet Alexander dispatch Aid crisis in Puerto Rico


The president and First Lady Melania Trump met survivors in the town of Guaynabo. San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz may have subtly clapped back at President Trump during an interview.

Trump, on the other hand, told reporters on Air Force One on the way back to Washington that the visit was "terrific", adding, "We've only heard thank-you's from the people of Puerto Rico".

A MASSIVE dam in Puerto Rico has burst prompting a mass evacuation and unleashing more devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico to address the rescue efforts and the response on the hurricane-ravaged island.

Trump also said Puerto Ricans should be "proud" that only 16 people died from Hurricane Maria, comparing it with the higher death toll of Hurricane Katrina, which he labeled "a real catastrophe".

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are more than 10,000 USA officials on the ground on the island, and 45% of customers now have access to drinking water.

"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", he said.

More than 1,000 people are believed to have died in 2005 when category four Katrina hit Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, including its biggest city New Orleans.

When asked by host Jorge Ramos what the significance of her "nasty" shirt was, the mayor said it was a reference to Trump referring to her as a "nasty mayor".

Upon arriving in San Juan, the president talked a little about his previous visits to Puerto Rico and how the island had just the best weather -save for the hurricanes. Half of the island still doesn't have access to drinking water, and 95 percent of households don't have electricity. "We are not going to deal with the fundamental difficulties Puerto Rico had before the storm".

"This awful and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it really does not embody the spirit of the American nation", she said in another interview with MSNBC.

And, she added, Mr Trump was sometimes more "miscommunicator in chief" than commander in chief.

His criticism comes on the heels of two major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which ripped through Puerto Rico last month.

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