Trump Calls for Puerto Rico's Debt to be "Wiped Out"

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The Spanish newspaper labeled the decision of Trump to throw rolls of paper to the neighbors of Guaynabo - a municipality in the neighborhood of San Juan - as if they were basketball balls, as "rude".

The President said that "every death is a horror", but drew a distinction between "a real catastrophe like Katrina" and "what happened here" in Puerto Rico, where at least 16 people died.

"You've thrown our budget a little out of whack", Trump told a meeting of officials, including Governor Rossello Tuesday, "because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico".

But after Maria struck Puerto Rico, the local mobile phone operator of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim proved more reliable than some U.S. competitors during the early days of the communications outage across the island of 3.4 million people.

"When someone is bothered by someone claiming lack water for drinking, 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 in Spanish.

The death toll was later revised upward to 34 casualties on the island.

Earlier in the day, during a visit to the storm-ravaged island, President Donald Trump praised officials in Puerto Rico for the fact that only 16 people died.

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"Can't decide if he needed a t-shirt cannon or he was putting in practice for when some late night show gets him to play basketball", said one viewer.

Even as military and civilians work to hand out one million meals and two million gallons of water, 90 percent of residents are still without power or phone service.

Surrounded by a sea of cellphone cameras, Trump said, "There's a lot of love in this room", and called those in attendance, "Great people". We will help Puerto Rico rebuild from the storm.

After revealing the gross shortage of supplies Puerto Rico has received, she said she was done playing nice: "So I am done being polite, I am done being politically correct".

Instead, turn your eyes to Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan who is working diligently to not only help her own city, but to work with other Puerto Rican mayors to save lives all over the island.

"He really has a communication issue".

The White House is also reportedly preparing a $29 billion disaster aid request to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida, according to Reuters. Sixty-five percent of grocery stores are now in operation and less than one-fifth of Puerto Rico's cellular towers are working.

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