San Juan Mayor Protests Trump With "Nasty" T-Shirt

Faith Castro
October 8, 2017

Mexico, which was recently hit by a devastating quake, has offered aid to United States' Puerto Rico, which is struggling to arrange for basic necessities for its citizens stranded there without electricity.

The island was recently hit by powerful Hurricane Maria and has been working to restore power and clean water to the territory. More than half the island is still without electricity or potable water, and aid workers are struggling to deliver food and medical supplies to people living outside major population centers.

Another option: the Justice Department becomes a party to the bankruptcy, which would give the White House the chance to directly influence a final restructuring plan of the island's debt load and what Wall Street creditors get repaid.

The hardy San Juan mayor is not one to be silenced, though, and in an interview with Univision on Wednesday she wrote a black T-shirt with the worst "nasty" on the front.

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Trump said that "we're going to have to wipe out" Puerto Rico's debt.

Mexico offered the aid even through its relations with the U.S. have been strained ever since Donald Trump assumed office in January.

Mexico's offer comes in the context of strained relations with the U.S. in the months since Mr Trump took office. Puerto Rico must first deal with hurricane clean-up and then try to plug a widening fiscal hole. "And we're going to have to wipe that out".

Promising to help, Pence said the administration would "work every part of it and help Puerto Rico recover".

As of Tuesday, almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria walloped Puerto Rico, knocking out its electric grid - nearly 90 percent of cell phone sites on the island remained out of service.

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On that same note, anyone assuming problems with disaster relief are exclusively the fault of President Trump is incorrect.

As expected, Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria's destruction has been slow and painful.

Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria on September 20 and President Trump was visiting the island on Tuesday. The hurricane killed over 1,800 people and caused about $108 billion in damages.

In any event, bringing the USA into the fray would make a hard case even more complicated, bankruptcy experts say.

Cruz and Trump met Tuesday during Trump's visit to the storm-ravaged island.

He cited "politically motivated ingrates" and said some people on the island "want everything to be done for them".

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are now more than 10,000 federal officials on the ground on the island, and 45 percent of customers now have access to drinking water.

In addition, Americans were far more likely to donate money to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with Red Cross donations to Harvey standing at $350 million, Irma at $45 million, while donations to those affected by Hurricane Maria stand at a relatively low $9 million.

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