President Donald Trump has arrived in Puerto Rico where he will
tour the island, two weeks after Hurricane Maria carved a path
of destruction across the island.
The president said he will meet with Federal Emergency Management Agency and
military officials, first responders and the people of Puerto
Rico. Additionally, he said the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands will
“probably” travel to Puerto Rico to meet with him.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, whom the president accused of
“poor leadership” in a barrage of tweets over the weekend, this
morning said she was invited to attend a briefing with Trump
and has accepted.
“I will use this opportunity to reiterate the primary message:
this is about saving lives, not about politics; this is also
about giving the people of Puerto Rico the respect we deserve;
and recognizing the moral imperative to do both,” Cruz said in
She had told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday
that she would accept a meeting with the president if asked.
Trump is being accompanied on the trip by first lady Melania Trump.
The president’s trip comes amid some criticism over the federal
government’s response to the island twice hit by a hurricane in
the past month. The president has repeatedly defended the
“It’s been amazing what’s been done in a very short period of
time on Puerto Rico,” the president said in the Oval Office
…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. They….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
September 30, 2017
The visit comes as the island is still grappling with the
damage caused by Hurricane Maria and deeply plunged in recovery
efforts. Only 47 percent of the island’s water customers have
access to potable water and 95 percent of Puerto Rico is still
without power, according to the office of Puerto Rico’s