Lunes, 11 Diciembre, 2017


Trump says US must 'wipe out' Puerto Rico debt

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Orlondo Matamoros | Octubre 09, 2017, 00:53

The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has risen to 34, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced Tuesday evening.

Only 17 have power from the island's antiquated grid while the others are operating on generator power.

"When someone is bothered by someone claiming lack of drinking water, lack of medicine for the sick and lack of food for the hungry, that person has problems too deep to be explained in an interview", Cruz said of Trump in the interview, on Univision, a Spanish language channel.

Sara Haines said that she wants to see a president show up and "do a lot of hugging" during times of crisis and difficulty. "We are not going to bail out those bond holders". "You're going to say goodbye to that, I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs but whoever it is you can wave goodbye to that", Trump told Fox News, according to Reuters.

The island's economy has been in recession for nearly 10 years, with an unemployment rate of about 11 percent.

The mayor and Trump met face-to-face for the first time Tuesday, after indirectly exchanging heated words days earlier. The interaction was even skewered in the opening moments of this weekend's Saturday Night Live premiere.

Puerto Rico has a debt of $ 73 billion and this year it went bankrupt. "Sixteen people, versus in the thousands", Trump once again reiterated.

He has also been pilloried by opponents for moving more slowly to help Puerto Rico than he did Texas or Florida.

Trump visited the storm-stricken island Tuesday and said during an interview, "You can say goodbye to that", referring to the debt. But US authorities were slow to accept, and after the September 7 earthquake Mexico revoked the offer, saying it had to concentrate on the relief effort at home.

"He was insulting to the people of Puerto Rico", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said, appearing on MSNBC. "The Fake News Media is out of control!" But she had some criticism for Trump, who held a press conference when he arrived on the island.

Trump also handed out supplies, in the Trumpiest way possible, lobbing paper towels and other goods at locals in a church. "He said something like, 'Puerto Rico, you really have taken our budget out of whack because of all the money we've thrown here.' He kind of minimized our suffering here by saying that Katrina was a real disaster, sort of implying that this was not a real disaster, because not many people have died here". "There was no exchange with anybody, with none of the mayors".