Trump to visit Puerto Rico next week to survey hurricane damage
Posted: 12:03 pm Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Amid some criticism from Democrats in Congress about the federal government’s disaster response to recent hurricanes that devastated much of the island of Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that he was satisfied with the emergency relief work so far, and said he would visit the U.S. territory next week.
“That island was hit as hard as you could hit,” Mr. Trump said of Hurricane Maria. “Even Texas didn’t have 200 mph winds.”
“We have shipped massive amounts of food and water and supplies to Puerto Rico,” the President told reporters at a White House photo op, “and we are continuing to do it on an hourly basis.”
Democrats pointed to Mr. Trump’s own Twitter feed in recent days, which has been consumed much more with the controversy in the National Football League over players kneeling during the National Anthem, than the fate of Puerto Rico.
“The time for tweets and talk is over,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. “The American citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands need action and results.”