Mexico offers aid to Puerto Rico after Donald Trump's 'terrible' visit

Mr Trump and Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One

Why would Trump go out of his way to talk about money while the people of Puerto Rico are still shell-shocked over the death and destruction on the island?

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", he wrote.

Then-Republican candidate Trump called Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" during the final presidential debate in October 2016.

After President Donald Trump said Puerto Rico's debt will be wiped out, White House officials rushed to rule out any us bailout of bondholders, who lent the commonwealth about $74 billion. In the long term, it must focus on rebuilding to stabilise and strengthen Puerto Rico's crippled, debt-ridden economy, modernise its infrastructure, and encourage young people to stay and tourists to return.

And San Juan's hospitals are faring far better than those in less populated areas, Santiago said: "What you are seeing around here, it's heaven compared to some people in the inland, in the mountains".

Trump has twice used the word "nasty" to describe Cruz, the first time in a tweet over the weekend and the second time in a TV interview.

Americans are more likely to disapprove than approve of President Donald Trump's handling of the Puerto Rico hurricane relief effort.

Citing the logistical and financial challenges of the federal disaster response on the island, Trump quipped: "Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack".

"I wish it could be even more", Cisneros said, adding that she's been frustrated to hear Trump bring up Puerto Rico's debt and the cost to the federal government for the recovery effort.


The president and First Lady Melania Trump met survivors in the town of Guaynabo.

During last year's campaign, Trump suggested the US government could address its own debt problems by renegotiating its bonds and paying less than their face value, remarks that also raised alarms in the markets.

Before landing on the island, Mr Trump graded his administration's response to Hurricane Maria as an "A plus".

Trump had hoped to visit earlier in the week, but the White House said hard logistics in the aftermath of the storm prevented his trip.

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble", Trump tweeted on September 25.

US President Donald Trump only toured some of Puerto Rico's least damaged neighbourhoods.

Puerto Rico's bonds, which have been falling since Hurricane Maria struck, took a sharp plunge Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria walloped Puerto Rico, knocking out its electric grid - nearly 90 percent of cell phone sites on the island remained out of service.

He shook hands with Ms Cruz after his arrival but he saved his warm words of praise for other local and federal authorities. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", he added in a thread of tweets that sparked a spat between the pair.

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