Trump Gives Himself a "10 Out of 10" on Puerto Rico Recovery

Trump Gives Himself a

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló met with Rubio on Thursday morning to update the senator on relief efforts before a meeting with President Donald Trump later in the day.

Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico if the federal hurricane response effort had been 'great'.

Last Friday, after being accidentally copied on a series of internal Pentagon e-mails discussing government efforts to put an optimistic spin on its recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Bloomberg reporter Christopher Flavelle made a decision to publish several excerpts.

Four weeks after Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the island is still struggling to recover.

He also emphasized Puerto Rico's large debt, saying that the federal government would expect to have any loans it provides for rebuilding the island paid off before other debt-holders.

President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd as he hands out supplies at Calvary Chapel Oct. 3 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

. "For example, it requires.a damage assessment, they're not going to be able to do this in a timely fashion while they're trying to restore power and get water and food to people". ("Many criticizing his lack of empathy", a anxious Pentagon official noted in another internal e-mail.) When Trump finally made an on-site visit, he told storm victims that theirs was not a "real catastrophe like Katrina", bragged about the death count being only in the low double digits (it is now believed to be much higher), and tossed rolls of paper towels into a crowd of victims like he was at Madison Square Garden on a Friday night. The president says the federal government has done a "really great job".

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"This is costing a lot of money: having FEMA, having the military, the first responders", Trump said.

Speaking with reporters in the Oval Office, Trump did not give any specifics about how much money the government will give to the cash-strapped territory, home to 3.4 million US citizens.

Rossello said Trump "has been clear that no USA citizen will be left behind".

"They apparently, according to the governor of Puerto Rico, have yet to execute a power restoration contract to begin the power restoration or even the immediate work, and so that's concerning", Rubio said.

Congress is expected to consider another aid package by the end of December, but that could be too late for the island, which now has no tax revenue, Rubio said.

Much of the island remains without electricity.

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