Puerto Rico mayor dons 'NASTY' T-shirt in TV appearance slamming Trump

The worst proponent of this attitude is probably the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz. "Really lovely", adding, "We only heard thank yous from the people of Puerto Rico". Taking this desperate plea for help as unfair personal criticism, Trump wrote on Twitter the next day that Cruz "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

When he levied the same insult at Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate a year ago, it immediately became a symbol of anti-Trump feminists across the country, inspiring a host of "Nasty Woman" shirts.

Puerto Rico, Oct 5: almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, US President Donald Trump visited the island on Wednesday to meet the affected people.

As of Friday, power has only been restored for 10.7 percent of the island and 55.5 percent of people have drinking water, according to status.PR, a Spanish-language website maintained by the governor's office.

She ended the interview with this zinger: "What is truly nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people". "You're at a disaster site, you're not working the floor of your casino", Colbert said.

Trump also got a somewhat frosty reception from some Puerto Rico residents, after more than a week of back-and-forth between the president and local critics of the USA relief effort.

And as tens of thousands of Puerto Rico families are left homeless, he added: "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack".

But after Maria struck Puerto Rico, the local mobile phone operator of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim proved more reliable than some USA competitors during the early days of the communications outage across the island of 3.4 million people. "This is also about giving the people of Puerto Rico the respect we deserve; and recognizing the moral imperative to do both".

But Governor Rosselló said later at a press conference he believed Mr Trump had seen the "level of devastation" and "understands the gravity of this situation". "But we also, coordinating with the people in Puerto Rico, have to make sure that they have a voice in whatever reconstruction happens".

While some Puerto Ricans expressed appreciation for Trump's visit on Tuesday, others said they were frustrated with the pace of the recovery - and the tone of some of the president's remarks.

Trump had hoped to visit earlier in the week, but the White House said hard logistics in the aftermath of the storm prevented his trip. We're talking about life or death!

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.

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

Air Force One brought the president, first lady Melania Trump and aides to Puerto Rico in late morning. "Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico".

  • Delores Daniels