Jewish Man Helps Evacuate Sick Friend From Puerto Rico

Jewish Man Helps Evacuate Sick Friend From Puerto Rico

Jewish Man Helps Evacuate Sick Friend From Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's massive debt load will have to be wiped out, President Donald Trump said Tuesday in an interview with Fox News.

His administration has transferred more than $US20.5 million ($A26.2 million) in federal funds to Puerto Rico to defray disaster expenses, FEMA said on its website.

Charlie Sepulveda is a two-time Latin Grammy nominated jazz musician who lives in in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, which was badly pummeled by Hurricane Maria. This is Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on CNN this morning. "Well, you know, they're dying". San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been highly critical of the scope and pace of the relief effort, was also at the airport and briefly shook hands with Trump.

"There's a time for lighthearted and there's a a time for not", she said, "and being on an island that's devastated and people are dying, I don't think amusing is really the direction you want to go".

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: But we're going to work something out.

The statistics, available on the website of the Puerto Rico Police, reflect a rise in suicides reported in September 2016 and September 2017, with a total of 164 suicides, 23 more than 2016.

The whirlwind, four-hour visit came amid accusations that the Trump administration did not act quickly enough to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Maria - and that the president paid less attention to the territories than to Texas after Hurricane Harvey and Florida after Hurricane Irma.

In an earlier interview, Cruz responded directly to Trump's "nasty" remark by saying, "Actually, I was asking for help".

And as tens of thousands of Puerto Rico families are left homeless, he added, "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack". "You don't go to another place when people are in peril and suffering and hover around in a helicopter without having kind words to say".

Setser said the oversight board is likely to approve revisions that would zero out Puerto Rico's debt service over at least the next year. How did it get so much in debt and so much more in debt than it's able to pay?

"You just can't afford to upset the president".

They still lack power, got water back Sunday and said they have seen no federal officials since Maria struck. The Washington Postreports that Trump made a brief visit to Puerto Rico yesterday, where he toured a wealthy suburb, steering clear of locals facing dire straits nearby. You know, conditions are very dire. "We are not going to deal right now with those fundamental difficulties that Puerto Rico had before the storm". He warned that the mass exodus of people from Puerto Rico could last awhile unless the island received sufficient federal aid.

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