President Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump will travel to Puerto Rico Tuesday — two weeks after Hurricane Maria first struck the island.
The president said he will meet with FEMA 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. Trump will be 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 federal response.
“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 Monday.
It’s unclear whether the president will meet with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, whom the president accused of “poor leadership” in a barrage of tweets over the weekend.
…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
During an interview with ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Cruz said, “If he asks to meet with me, of course I will meet with him.”
When the president arrives on Puerto Rico, he will visit an island still grappling with the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and deeply plunged in recovery efforts. According to the office of Puerto Rico’s governor, only 47 percent of the island’s water customers have access to potable water and 95 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power.
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