President Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday to see for himself the devastation of Hurricane Maria. At an afternoon news conference, Trump promised that the federal government is "doing everything we can" to help, reports CNN.
"All available federal resources, including the military, are being marshaled to save lives." In a series of morning tweets, the president shared a similar sentiment, but he also mentioned the territory's "massive debt," referring to "billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with." That hasn't sat well with all.
"You don't put debt above people, you put people above debt." Cruz did, however, praise FEMA's work, and Trump later thanked her for those "kind words," adding, "Much food and water there/on way."
"We need more help with resources. We need more help with people being deployed so that we can get logistical support elsewhere," Ricardo Rossello added. He also asked Congress to prepare an aid package.
Time reports how people are pulling over on highways to try to take advantage of the rare locations where WiFi is working, allowing them to get in touch with relatives.
"Trump has many flaws. But he is not ignoring Puerto Rico."
One plantain farmer tells the New York Times that every single one of his 14,000 trees went down, and all of his yam and pepper crops are wiped out.
Neighbors were in a similar boat. "There will be no food in Puerto Rico," he says. "There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico. And there won't be any for a year or longer."
"The lives of the people in San Juan are now divided into two periods: before Hurricane Maria and after," writes Molly Hennessy-Fiske in the Los Angeles Times.
This article originally appeared on Newser: As Puerto Rico Cries Out, Trump Brings Up Its Debt