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Trump says U.S. must "wipe out" Puerto Rico debt

09 October 2017, 12:42 | Kara Nash

Mr Trump and Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One Credit Joe Raedle Getty

Mr Trump and Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One

Trump visited relief camps meeting the survivors and distributed supplies even throwing paper-towel rolls into the crowd.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz arrives at the San Francisco hospital during the evacuation of patients after an electrical plant failure, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

The president also remarked that the island should "be very proud" of the death toll of 16 - which has since been upped to 34 - as it's low compared to Hurricane Katrina.

Trump's trip to the USA territory of Puerto Rico, normally a fairly routine show of presidential empathy, took on an outsized political meaning. About half do not have access to fresh drinking water.

In an interview with Fox News late on Tuesday after he toured Puerto Rico, Trump said: "They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we're going to have to wipe that out".

Cruz denounced the federal government for its sluggish relief efforts and begged for additional aid.

The island's governor Ricardo Rossello said he hopes 25% of electricity customers will have power by the end of October. "And that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives". We will help Puerto Rico rebuild from the storm.

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However, Cruz praised the White House staff and said, "I saw a real connection between the reality and the White House staff".

But you would certainly know someone who can, without a doubt, offend the sensibilities and sensitivities of (most) people across the world - Donald Trump.

Cruz said Trump's ineffective appearance highlighted the president's "communication issue", calling him the "miscommunicator in chief".

"Such poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help", Trump tweeted on Saturday morning. "What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people" she explained in Spanish.

During the hours he spent in Puerto Rico Tuesday President Donald Trump threw paper towels to needy people and handed out flashlights while joking "you don't need them anymore", despite the fact that 94 percent of the island still has no power.

The residents of Puerto Rico are very happy with the visit of Trump, as they believe it will strengthen their efforts to rebuild the hurricane hit area.

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