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Trump Touts Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico: ‘We’ve Saved A Lot Of Lives’

President Trump greets members of a U.S Air Force during a Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Trump visited a island on Tuesday in a arise of Hurricane Maria.

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President Trump greets members of a U.S Air Force during a Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Trump visited a island on Tuesday in a arise of Hurricane Maria.

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President Trump trafficked Tuesday to ravaged Puerto Rico following his administration’s maligned response to Hurricane Maria. But as shortly as he stepped off a plane, a boss was in a self-congratulatory mood.

“The administrator is not even from my celebration and he was tremendously supportive,” Trump pronounced of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. “Right from a commencement this administrator did not play politics.”

The comments seemed to be a puncture during San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has criticized Trump’s response to a storm. Hurricane Maria strike Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, withdrawal many of a island though power, purify celebration H2O or entrance to food and supplies.

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Cruz gave an ardent press discussion on Friday, saying, “We are failing here” and pursuit for some-more support from a administration. Those comments annoyed an heated response from a boss a subsequent day. Trump slammed her “poor care ability” on Twitter and pronounced that “federal workers” were doing a “fantastic job.” Cruz shot behind with, “The idea is one: saving lives. This is a time to uncover a ‘true colors’. We can't be dreaming by anything else.”

Cruz attended a president’s lecture on Tuesday, and shortly after Trump stepped off Air Force One they did shake hands. But Cruz sat with her hands clasped and didn’t applause as Trump praised FEMA Director Brock Long, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, White House Homeland Security Aide Tom Bossert and others.

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“Now we hatred to tell you, Puerto Rico, though you’ve thrown a bill a small out of whack,” Trump pronounced jokingly during one point, “because we’ve spent a lot of income on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine. We’ve saved a lot of lives.”

Trump also referred to a storm’s genocide toll, now 16 lives lost, and seemed to be observant that during slightest it hadn’t been as bad as past hurricanes.

“Every genocide is a horror, though if we demeanour during a genuine disaster like Katrina, and we demeanour during a tremendous, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and we demeanour during what happened here, with unequivocally a charge that was only totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this,” Trump said.

“What is your genocide count as of this moment?” he asked internal officials. “17? 16 people certified, 16 people contra in a thousands.”

On Friday, Duke told reporters that a genocide fee had been comparatively low and that a response had been “a good-news story in terms of a ability to strech people.” But that series is all though certain to climb.

Trump had praised his administration’s response progressing on Tuesday as he was vacating a White House.

“I consider it’s now concurred what a good pursuit we’ve done, and people are looking during that,” he said. “And in Texas and in Florida, we get an A-plus. And I’ll tell we what, we consider we’ve finished only as good in Puerto Rico, and it’s indeed a most worse situation. But now a roads are cleared, communications is starting to come back. We need their lorry drivers to start pushing trucks.”

But Trump has come underneath heated critique for delayed efforts to get assistance to a island, that he explained final Friday was in partial since it was “surrounded by water.”

Trump has also alluded to a territory’s “broken infrastructure large debt” as another reason the liberation has been slower than in Florida and Texas, that were also smashed recently by hurricanes.