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This isn’t a ‘real catastrophe’ like Katrina: Trump scolds Puerto Rico over recovery costs {VIDEO}

‘I don’t see people dying’: Fox’s Geraldo Rivera backs up Trump {VIDEO}

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico to address the rescue efforts and the response on the hurricane-ravaged island. But while he was there, he scolded Puerto Rico over the cost of the recovery and suggested that their suffering was not a “real catastrophe.”


Trump asked officials at the table to talk about the positive impact of federal assistance before he went on to say that, while “every death is a horror,” the 16 reported fatalities thus far in Puerto Rico were nothing next to a “real catastrophe like Katrina.”


“Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” Trump said. “You can be very proud of all of your people, and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud, everyone around this table and everyone watching can be very proud of what’s taking place in Puerto Rico.”
However, considering Puerto Rico has very little in the way of electricity and communication while it is still recovering, it is highly likely that the reported death toll will only rise as recovery efforts continue.


While speaking to Puerto Ricans, Trump also mentioned Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney and brought up Puerto Rico’s debt.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’re throwing our budget a little out of whack, because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives,” he said.

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The Puerto Rico paradise resort turned into a living hell by a direct hit from Maria, deserted by law enforcement and where locals admit they are LOOTING a Walmart just to survive

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera interviewed San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Sunday after she was attacked on Twitter by President Trump.
Trump shot off well over a dozen dark tweets yesterday, saying things like, Puerto Rico wants “everything done for them” and that the response to Hurricane Maria from his administration and the military has been excellent and the media is just looking for ways to “get Trump.”
His tweetstorm was triggered by the Mayor of San Juan pleading with him to “save us from dying.”
“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan,” Trump tweeted.
Today, Rivera showed that he was on Trump’s side when he got to interview Cruz herself.
“There are all people at all municipalities literally starving, dehydrating,” the mayor said. “We have had our hospital try to go back to speed but then the electricity goes off and we have to do all the bacteria testing, which takes three to four days.”
“But are people dying?” Rivera interrupted her. “I’ve been traveling around, I don’t see people dying. I spoke to the doctors, they say they saw 53 patients and they had a person who was septic, but nobody dying.”
“Dying is a continuum,” Cruz tried to explain. “If you don’t get fed for seven, eight days and you’re a child, you are dying. If you have 11 people — like we took out of a nursing home — severely dehydrated, you are dying.”


Watch the interaction below.

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Trump attacks 'nasty' San Juan mayor on Twitter and says Puerto Ricans 'want everything to be done for them'

The devastation of a once thriving Puerto Rico town

  • Playa Punta Santiago was wrecked by Hurricane Maria, earning the nickname 'Apocalypse Beach'
  • Locals who live near the Puerto Rico beach do not have power and are forced to loot to survive
  • DailyMail.com was the first news team to visit the town where the category 4 hurricane made landfall
  • Miraculously nobody was killed, mainly because much of the town is comprised of vacation homes  

 It was once one of Puerto Rico's most dazzling resort towns; a thriving beachfront paradise where tourists sipped rum, dined on fresh seafood and soaked up the glorious Caribbean sunshine.

But that was before Playa Punta Santiago was torn to shreds and plunged into anarchy by Hurricane Maria – earning it the grim new nickname 'Playa Apocalipsis' (Apocalypse Beach).

DailyMail.com was the first reporting team to visit the ravaged beauty spot close to where the devastating category 4 hurricane made landfall.

Playa Punta Santiago was devastated by Hurricane Maria over a week ago. The once thriving vacation town now lays in ruins

Playa Punta Santiago was devastated by Hurricane Maria over a week ago. The once thriving vacation town now lays in ruins

Kiosko El Amarillo, a popular tourist spot, which usually sells fresh juices and fried seafood in Playa Punta Santiago is seen at the entrance to Playa Punta Santiago

Kiosko El Amarillo, a popular tourist spot, which usually sells fresh juices and fried seafood in Playa Punta Santiago is seen at the entrance to Playa Punta Santiago

The town has had just one visit from the  Department of Public Works team who came out to survey the downed power lines

The town has had just one visit from the  Department of Public Works team who came out to survey the downed power lines

Locals in the town do not have power and many are forced to loot. There is also little service and little resources so even if someone did call the police, it is likely they would not come 

Locals in the town do not have power and many are forced to loot. There is also little service and little resources so even if someone did call the police, it is likely they would not come 

A car is seen trapped under the debris and fallen trees caused by Hurricane Maria over a week ago 

A car is seen trapped under the debris and fallen trees caused by Hurricane Maria over a week ago 

Inocencia Lopez, 85, stands outside her home. She says people helped her move everything from inside her home outside as it was all destroyed

Inocencia Lopez, 85, stands outside her home. She says people helped her move everything from inside her home outside as it was all destroyed

Before: No one died in the town mainly because many of the most vulnerable homes on the shore are empty resort homes
Before: No one died in the town mainly because many of the most vulnerable homes on the shore are empty resort homes

Before: No one died in the town mainly because many of the most vulnerable homes on the shore are empty resort homes 

We were confronted with unimaginable scenes of destruction, lawlessness and residents so desperate for food they admitted to looting supermarkets to survive.

'If Mr Donald Trump wants to know what an apocalypse looks like he should take a look around here' said 43-year-old resident Jose Colon.

'They say this is the worst hit street in the whole of Puerto Rico. It's bad enough in the day but at night the bandits come to raid the empty homes. Even the soldiers are too scared to come here.'

The worst of the damage centers on a two-mile strip of Street Number 3 where blacked-out homes and restaurants lead toward a sun-drenched tropical beach reduced to a maze of fallen palm trees.

Wealthier residents fled long ago but the handful of poor families marooned here with no cash or transport face a daily nightmare to find enough food and water amid the rancid squalor.

Rubble and trash has been piled up to form a makeshift barricade at one end of the street in an effort to keep out looters and locals have armed themselves with sticks and axes for protection.

They say they have had just one visit from a Department of Public Works team who came out to survey the downed power lines and gave each family enough just enough water to last a day.

Jose Colon, 43, stands outside his home in Playa Punta Santiago. He said if Trump wants to know what an apocalypse looks like, he should see the town 

Jose Colon, 43, stands outside his home in Playa Punta Santiago. He said if Trump wants to know what an apocalypse looks like, he should see the town 

Some home owners will return to Puerto Rico to discover their million-dollar homes were completely destroyed 

Some home owners will return to Puerto Rico to discover their million-dollar homes were completely destroyed 

The once thriving beachfront paradise looked like a Third World county  devastated by war

The once thriving beachfront paradise looked like a Third World county  devastated by war

Kiosko El Amarillo was completely destroyed by the Category 4 storm over a week ago 

Kiosko El Amarillo was completely destroyed by the Category 4 storm over a week ago 

'We have been completely abandoned by our government and the US': Much of the infrastructure has been destroyed beyong repair

'We have been completely abandoned by our government and the US': Much of the infrastructure has been destroyed beyong repair

Natalie Civilles, 29, David Cruz, 35, and their 2-year-old son Sharier David Cruz and Jeaseely Maldonado, 21, carry supplies home in Playa Punta Santiago

Natalie Civilles, 29, David Cruz, 35, and their 2-year-old son Sharier David Cruz and Jeaseely Maldonado, 21, carry supplies home in Playa Punta Santiago

People have to loot and try to sell supplies to survive because many businesses are still closed 

People have to loot and try to sell supplies to survive because many businesses are still closed 

Playa Punta Santiago was torn to shreds and plunged into anarchy by Hurricane Maria ¿ earning it the grim new nickname 'Playa Apocalipsis' (Apocalypse Beach)

Playa Punta Santiago was torn to shreds and plunged into anarchy by Hurricane Maria – earning it the grim new nickname 'Playa Apocalipsis' (Apocalypse Beach)

'There were people running after the truck screaming and crying for more,' said Haniel Pomales, 22.

'If they hadn't come with soldiers and police officers we would have taken every last drop of water they had. We are thirsty and desperate.'

Pomales found our four days before the hurricane hit that his 21-year-old wife Jeaseely Maldonado was pregnant with their first child and he says he will do anything to protect her.

'We have been completely abandoned by our government and the US,' he went on.

'My brother's friend is a cop, his advice was arm yourselves with whatever you can find and do what you need to do. If you had signal you could try calling the cops but they won't come.

'He said that if we shoot someone we should just leave their body in the street and they will come and pick it up in the morning.

'People are walking to the nearest Walmart and looting what they can to sell on the streets. It's easy to judge us from the safety of a hotel room in San Juan but out here that little amount of cash can keep you alive.'

When Maria slammed into the pretty beachfront town just over a week ago she was packing not only 200mph winds but also a storm surge reaching 6ft.

The facade of a local Walmart is destroyed and the front entrance is wide open in Humacao. People have been forced to loot since supplies are so limited 

A makeshift roadblock, that says 'roadway closed,' is created by local residents to discourage looting in the area in Playa Punta Santiago

A makeshift roadblock, that says 'roadway closed,' is created by local residents to discourage looting in the area in Playa Punta Santiago

Police officer Iris Guevara, 43, stands outside her home examining the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Maria 

Police officer Iris Guevara, 43, stands outside her home examining the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Maria 


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Marc Anthony tells Trump to ‘shut the f**k up’ and help Puerto Ricans in need

Trump attacks 'nasty' San Juan mayor on Twitter

  • President Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant Saturday blasting the coverage of the government's response to Hurricane Maria and the San Juan mayor 
  • He  also said Puerto Rican workers 'want everything to be done for them'
  • Trump also said Democrats told Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to be 'nasty' to him 
  • On Friday,  DHS Secretary Elaine Duke said the government's response to the category five storm was a 'good news story' 

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday to blast San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, calling her 'nasty' and also said the American citizens in Puerto Rico expect handouts.
Trump tweeted: 'The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.'
'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.'
Cruz responded to Trump's comments this morning telling Joy Reid on MSNBC: 'Actually, I was asking for help. I wasn't saying anything nasty about the president, but don't take my word for it.
'General Buchanan, a three-star general, has said as one of the first comments that he has made about the Puerto Rico situation, that he doesn't have enough troops and he doesn't have enough equipment of what he needs to get the situation under control.'
In his first tweet after Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory, Trump brought up how the country still owed money to Wall Street.

President Trump said Democrats told San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to be 'nasty' towards him in a Twitter rant early Saturday morning 

Trump criticized the mayor's leadership and said she was not able to get 'workers to help' the devastation in Puerto Rico 

Trump criticized the mayor's leadership and said she was not able to get 'workers to help' the devastation in Puerto Rico 

Trump brings up Puerto Rico's 'tremendous' debt in Maria speech

Today he criticized the efforts of the Puerto Rican people and Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. On Friday, she pleaded with the federal government to send more resources to Puerto Rico. 

Cruz said in several TV interviews that the lack of an efficient response by the US military and government was going to cost people's lives. 

White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr tweeted that Cruz was dramatizing the situation in Puerto Rico because she did not like the president before the storm.

He screenshotted tweets in Spanish that were critical of the president, writing: 'San Juan, PR Mayor has been hating on @realDonaldTrump long before he was our President. I'm not surprised by the show she is putting on...' 

Trump will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday with the First Lady. He also said he would try to stop by the US Virgin Islands, saying people there are 'working hard.'

He continued in his rant: 'They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.'

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was astonished that DHS Secretary Elaine Duke Duke called the government response to Hurricane Maria was a 'good news story' 

'Puerto Rico was totally destroyed': Trump said the US military and first responders were doing an 'amazing job' in the wake of the category five hurricane 

'Puerto Rico was totally destroyed': Trump said the US military and first responders were doing an 'amazing job' in the wake of the category five hurricane 

White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr said the mayor was putting on a show 

White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr said the mayor was putting on a show 

San Juan in ruins: Maria survivors describe city's devastation

'The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.' 

He then went on to criticize news coverage of the devastation from the category five hurricane.


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Marc Anthony is not happy with President Donald Trump.
Over the weekend, the president drew heavy criticism when he lambasted NFL players who knelt during the national anthem, saying that anyone who did so was a “son of a b***h” who deserved to be fired.
However, Anthony is calling on the president to turn his attention away from the NFL and toward the hurricane-ravaged island of Puerto Rico.
“Mr. President shut the f**k up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico. We are American citizens too,” Anthony said.

Currently, Puerto Rico is in a state of crisis after being battered by multiple hurricanes. After Hurricane Maria passed directly over the island, the power grid on the island has been crippled, and a massive dam is threatening to crumble entirely.

There is very little communication available on the island as even the emergency response to the crisis has been hampered by things like hospitals that do not have any running water.

Recently, Anthony and his ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez, announced that they were spearheading efforts to help the island in need.

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Comment by clindo on November 21, 2017 at 5:25pm
It seems like Trump has an issue with anyone of Hispanic descent if you realize he is deporting Mexicans, Guatemalans anyone that's Hispanic now he has an issue with anyone in Puerto Rico but if you realize there's a lot of Chinese immigrants who is here in the US illegally we don't hear anything about them being deported or anyone from Russia being deported or anyone from abroad in those countries being deported it's all Hispanic descent I wish they would hurry up impeach him out of office for him to compare Puerto Rico to anyone that went through Katrina in New Orleans is wrong. this man is crazy and is mentally ill.
Comment by Ricardo O'Connor on October 4, 2017 at 1:49pm
@Selekta Supa, I applaud your open eyed-ness!!! You Sir knows what's going on. I pray there are many like you out there.
Comment by No Matter on October 3, 2017 at 12:43am

@ SELEKTA SUPA Exactly what I said .. They need to realize that he does not care about them and stop believing that they are suppose to get help quickly. Being selfish gets you no where. Several islands were affected if you stars are going on the tube , how about getting with others stars from various islands to support the cause. But people need gov't to tell them what to do. WE don't need them, how dare a skinny Spanish said forget about NFL kneeling.....if it were not for Blacks we would not have the little we have now. I for once don't like what happened to our island but stars or affluent Latinos need to watch what they said.....Mark Anthony in company.  

Comment by Mr. Johnson on October 2, 2017 at 4:45pm
Geraldo Rivera is a sell out to his people. Siding with Trump? Unbelievable.
Comment by Jonathan Pemberton Bey on October 2, 2017 at 2:41pm
I guess its perfectly okay for the US Corporate Government to continually send billions of our taxpaying dollars to Israel. This entire government should be arrested now. I am just one person and my experience dealing with them has resulted in the US Governments legal acquiescence of jurisdiction to enforce the law back in the hands of the people. I have tried on numerous occasions but not one attorney here in New York will take the case. There is an even bigger issue with this Government and Antarctica. You would not believe what is over there and who every president in the last 70 years, including everyone's precious Obama takes their orders from over there. Wake up people, it's time to take them down or we will all suffer the consequences.
Comment by SELEKTA SUPA on October 2, 2017 at 12:52pm
Stop it with the “Racist Trump” bullshit! I’m a BLACK MAN from GRENADA, W.I. and I HATE to hear STUPID people just repeating talking points from the “liberal (fake news) media! How y’all blaming TRUMP for mismanaging PR?? PR BEEN messed up! It BEEN in debt! PR is NOT in the CONTIGUOUS US... so Wah she want... the same response that the STATES got? Ain’t gonna happen!! PR is a TERRITORY... not a STATE! There are stark differences that many may not understand. Yes... they have a governor who speaks for the entire island and even he said Trump had to undo laws that hindered aid coming in via maritime methods... Trump lifted them OVERNIGHT! Why she ain’t talking bout that? She’s LYING... and all y’all “Donald Trump is a racist” crying ass folks need to WAKE UP! Trump is a NATIONALIST not a GLOBALIST... understand the difference and what’s REALLY going on and why they’re REALLY fighting POTUS down.

America is being bankrupt by the global governance apparatus... and he’s pulling AMERICA out of it... cuz it’s on OUR backs and dimes they’re pushing this GLOBALLY! It’s tile for Americans to get back the prosperity that it lost to “emerging markets” during past administrations! Call me names if you wish... but I’m NOT afraid to speak FACTS... even if some of y’all are afraid of facts and don’t have enough courage and common sense to do your due diligence and RESEARCH!! Imma pray for y’all!

When hurricane Ivan destroyed my island of Grenada over a decade ago... we weren’t acting like spoiled brats... we REBUILT! PR is not the only island suffering... Dominica need help amongst other non-US territories. The problem w/ PR is b/c they’re CONSIDERED citizens... they like to confuse their “US citizen” status w/ “white privilege”... and these storms are making it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that they are in fact second-class US citizens. Wake up call like a mutha... but please... STOP blaming TRUMP! Y’all sounding STOOOOOOOOOOOPID!!!!
Comment by Susette Bookal on October 2, 2017 at 1:17am
This mayor can handle herself! Rivera thought he was gonna put her on the spot but she turned the tables on him!
Comment by richard johnson on October 1, 2017 at 11:14pm
It looks like it was hit by bombers! The island is completely destroyed.this is going to be a 10 to 20 year process? Yhose people need to be evacuated.but i dont think trump will get behind it.too racist!
Comment by vaughn mitchell on October 1, 2017 at 8:39pm
Fox fake news, wait until Trump get impeached.
Comment by No Matter on October 1, 2017 at 8:10pm

He doesn't  like people of color sorry that includes PR who are usually in denial about being BLACK!!! Wake Up Call.

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