Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

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30 Aug 2018, 11:17 am

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico mayor derides Trump actions

Carmen Yulin Cruz's comments came a day after officials said 2,975 people had died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria last September.

The revised death toll is nearly 50 times the previous estimate of 64.

"The Trump administration killed the Puerto Rican with neglect," she said...

On Wednesday Mr Trump defended his administration saying: "I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico."

"Shame on President Trump for not even once - not even yesterday - just saying: 'Look, I grieve with the people of Puerto Rico.'" said Ms Cruz.

"This will be a stain on his presidency for as long as he lives. Because rather than come here to support us, he came here to throw paper towels at us, and we will never forget and we will always remember."...

The Caribbean island is home to 3.3 million people, some 8% of which have since left the island, the study said.

Puerto Ricans are fully US citizens, but while they reside in Puerto Rico they don't get to vote for president.

Now that the 8% - 264,000 - have moved elsewhere in the US, largely to Florida, they are eligible to vote for president, as well as for the offices of senate and governor in the states they now reside.

Donald Trump, spreading joy wherever he goes.

Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico wasn't a "real catastrophe like Katrina", Trump told officials in the US territory last year