". . . He said officials “can be very proud” of the low death toll so far and told residents to “have a good time.”. . . "congratulating them and boasting almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria left many of the island’s 3.4 million people without power, water or food. . . lavishly praised them. . . then repeatedly turned to individuals around the table and invited them to offer their own praise — while insisting, “It’s not about me.”. . . lauded officials and minimized the hurricane’s damage, suggesting it was not “a real catastrophe like Katrina.” . . . “Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” Trump said. appeared to joke about the cost of the storm damage. . . “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” he said. . . repeatedly bragged about his administration’s response to the hurricane’s devastation, blamed the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico for its debt crisis and called Cruz (mayor of San Juan)“nasty” for criticizing the federal government’s sluggish relief efforts. . . attacked the island’s residents and leaders, saying they wanted “everything to be done for them” after Cruz begged for additional aid. . . contends his administration has done a “great job with the almost impossible situation.” . . . lauded the federal response, despite the continued suffering of residents and criticism from officials like Cruz. . . In Texas and Florida, we get an A-plus. And I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just as good in Puerto Rico, and it’s actually a much tougher situation.” . . . praised officials for doing “a fantastic job,” as people showed him the storm’s damage to their homes, pointing out broken windows and noting power outages. . . “We’re going to help you out,” he told them. “Have a good time.” . . . During a stop at a church, he threw rolls of paper towels into a crowd. . . The Federal Emergency Management Agency has shipped millions of gallons of water and meals to Puerto Rico, but the island no longer has the infrastructure to widely deliver those supplies. Puerto Rican officials said last week that they were unable to move aid across the island without electricity and fuel. . . Still, almost all of Puerto Rico is without electricity, and about half the population lacks drinking water.
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