Trump tosses paper towels to crowd in Puerto Rico visit

Puerto Rico mayors play outsized role in hurricane recovery

Trump tosses paper towels to crowd in Puerto Rico visit

While his competitors wait for diesel to restart generators knocked out by Hurricane Maria, flower grower Hector Santiago is already back in business because of solar panels powering his 40-acre (16.2-hectare) nursery in central Puerto Rico.

After Hurricane Irma swept through Florida, Trump passed out hoagies - "here's a nice one!" - and made a reference to his infamous hand size during a stop in Naples. During his Tuesday visit to Puerto Rico Trump congratulated Puerto Rican officials on their efforts and praised his own administration's response to the disaster.

Trump said Puerto Rico has thrown the U.S. budget "out of whack", but promised to help provide aid to the country. You're going to say goodbye to that.

"I want to personally thank you, Mr. President, because over the course of the past week you have called essentially every day to make sure we have what we need, to make sure that the resources are over here", Rosselló said.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Tuesday night castigated President Donald Trump's trip to Puerto Rico earlier that day, calling his actions on the hurricane-ravaged island "terrible and abominable".

In response to the natural disaster, Trump signed a disaster declaration that will have the federal government provide 100 percent funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures for 180 days.

Ruth Tobar Martinez, 52, charging her phone at one of the few sidewalk outlets with electricity in San Juan's Condado neighborhood, defended Cruz on Wednesday, calling Trump's criticism of Puerto Ricans "offensive". His headquarters was in ruins also and all operations were moved to the San Juan Conference Centre where they remain.

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SIEGEL: Those remarks sent the price of Puerto Rico's bonds tumbling.

"There's a lot of love in this room, a lot of love", he said, before launching the rolls into the air like a basketball player shooting a free throw. And: "The second one hit Puerto Rico as a Category 5. But right now there is no Dominican, there is no Puerto Rican, there is no poor, there is no rich. Right now, we all are one", he says.

But that's who Donald Trump is.

Here's a video of the moment.

And there is a risk that dragging the US into a direct role in the case could be used by creditors to their benefit, Mr Spiotto said. People stuck on the 11th floor and they can't come down, you can't buy food, your medication runs out and you can't get it. Death can also be a continuum.

"It's the whole scene where the privileged white man comes to save the brown peasants after they've been begging, thirsty and hungry".

The ship has to be activated before it begins to load up with personnel, according to its website. "I still don't have any water", says 74-year old Margarita Guzmán, from Manatí, while in line for gasoline at a station in San Juan.

Rural areas have not yet even been visited and assessed because they're inaccessible. You know, conditions are very dire.

The blame-sharing for the treacle-slow start to the federal government's recovery efforts in Puerto Rico will not end soon.

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