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Some Skeptical, Some Hopeful, San Juan Residents React To President Trump’s Visit

President Trump arrives during a Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday.

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President Trump arrives during a Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday.

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Updated during 8:23 p.m. ET

In executive San Juan, Puerto Rico, a policeman waves cars divided from a sealed turnpike during about a time that President Trump landed during a airport.

A few blocks away, helper Luisa Traverzo is holding a cigarette mangle from her pursuit coordinating a send of patients from other hospitals. She has been bustling — Hospital Pavia Santurce now has power, so it has been receiving patients from other hospitals whose generators have shop-worn down. The governor’s bureau tweeted on Tuesday night that a genocide fee from Hurricane Maria has risen to 34.

Trump’s visit, Traverzo says, “provides a tiny wish that they are here to help, since there’s a lot of people that unequivocally need it. There’s a lot of people struggling with craving and no aid.”

Around a corner, Marcos Falcon is wearing a hardhat and shoveling pieces of a path that was ripped detached by Hurricane Maria’s extreme winds.

We ask him about domestic tragedy that has emerged between President Trump and Puerto Rican domestic leaders, such as Trump’s twitter that Puerto Ricans “want all finished for them when it should be a village effort.”

Falcon sounds exasperated. “That’s supervision and I’m not supervision and right now we can see where I’m working, operative for $10 an hour here in a travel doing things that a supervision should have taken caring of. … You understand? we have zero to do with politics and such.”

He pauses. “Any assistance is welcomed deliberation a conditions in that we find ourselves in, be it vast or small. What matters is a intentions.”

Others are some-more doubtful about a visit. Karla Sanchez, a bank employee, is blunt: “I consider that it creates no disproportion in a conditions right now. … For me, it’s partial of a show. That’s all.”

She says she wants to see some-more transformation from a authorities to get assist to a places that desperately need it. Just 6 percent of a nation has electricity from a grid during a moment. Large swaths of a island are cut off from communication — dungeon use is operative for 40 percent of people. And usually 45 percent have H2O service.

Carlos Cabrera, a artistic executive of a Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico, is also skeptical. “For me, it’s pristine politics, since a puncture only happened weeks before, like dual weeks before. we consider he has waited so most to unequivocally take caring of a conditions in Puerto Rico.”

Cabrera is hire outward a ballet company’s office, deliberating how it will hoop this year’s prolongation of The Nutcracker, now in a 37th uninterrupted year. “It’s apparently going to be affected,” he says. “Because priorities change. And that’s going to impact all of a dancers, a employees and productions. It’s going to impact even what is going to occur for a subsequent season.”

At a Sagrado Corazon train hire a few miles away, a object is violence down on a throng of people who have been watchful for hours. Fred Hendricks, an 84-year-old Texan who has lived in Puerto Rico for 40 years, blames Trump and a highway closures for a train delays.

“The boss should have stayed divided since he tied adult a categorical artery,” Hendricks says. He is severely considering a 10-mile travel home in a blazing heat. “Trump should have stayed in Washington, D.C., scornful people.”

Hendricks says his home was badly shop-worn by a hurricane. “My lavatory roof went, my kitchen went, my front doorway went, my behind doorway went. Everything is dripping inside.” Now he is sleeping on a friend’s patio, though he says he is still happy.

A few feet away, Gladys Robles Toro also sits watchful for a bus. She bursts out into unfortunate delight when we ask about a condition of her house.

It’s nearby a beach — though now, since she was roving when a charge strike and had left a window open, “my residence looks like a beach filled with beach sand.”

The day before a whirly hit, she mislaid her pursuit operative during a selling core since a dual electricity generators there broke.

“It’s good that [Trump] comes and sees a disaster that Puerto Rico has to face,” Robles Toro says. But, she adds softly: “I don’t design most from him.”