Thur, Oct. 19, 2017: Trump meets with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello

President Trump, still facing criticism for his administration’s response to the pair of hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico, gave himself high marks Thursday as he met with the island’s governor, Ricardo Rossello.

“I give ourselves a 10,” Trump said.

At one point, Trump looked directly at Rossello, seated beside him in the Oval Office, and asked: “Did we do a great job?”

Rossello, on a delicate mission to secure aid for the U.S. territory, did not answer directly. “You responded immediately, sir,” Rossello said. Continue reading “Thur, Oct. 19, 2017: Trump meets with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello”

Tue, Oct 3, 2017: Trump meets Puerto Rican leaders, surveys hurricane damage, distributes aid to residents

President Donald Trump touched down in Puerto Rico on Tuesday and highlighted what he describes as the federal government’s effective response to the storm despite criticism of a sluggish effort since Hurricane Maria devastated the island nearly two weeks ago.

“You can be very proud” of relief and live-saving efforts, Trump told local officials and emergency responders on the ground in San Juan.

Trump, who is accompanied on the trip by first lady Melania Trump, attended a briefing with with San Juan Mayor Yulin Cruz, who has been sharply critical of Trump, and other local officials. The president shook the mayor’s hand at the briefing. Continue reading “Tue, Oct 3, 2017: Trump meets Puerto Rican leaders, surveys hurricane damage, distributes aid to residents”

Tue, Oct 3, 2017: Trump visits Puerto Rico to meet with officials, survey hurricane damage

8:00 am: With the first lady, departs White House

11:45 am: Arrives San Juan, Puerto Rico

12:05 pm: Receives a briefing on Hurricane Maria relief efforts; Muñiz Air National Guard Base; San Juan

1:15 pm: Meets with individuals impacted by Hurricane Maria; location in Puerto Rico

1:50 pm: Visits Cavalry Chapel; Kid’s Church Café – Cavalry Chapel; Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

3:30 pm: Meets with Governor Kenneth Mapp of the US Virgin Islands; Ward Room – USS Kearsarge

3:50 pm: Participates in a briefing with senior military personnel, Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico, and Governor Kenneth Mapp of the US Virgin Islands; Ward Room – USS Kearsarge

4:10 pm: Participates in a greeting with the Navy and Marine Corps; Flight Deck – USS Kearsarge

5:05 pm: Departs San Juan, Puerto Rico

8:55 pm: Arrives White House

Thur, Sept 28, 2017: Trump waives restrictions on foreign cargo deliveries to speed aid to Puerto Rico

On the defensive over the pace of federal help for Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans cleared the way Thursday for more supplies and government cash for the hurricane-ravaged U.S. island.

Trump waived federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo. And House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief account will get a $6.7 billion boost by the end of the week. Trump and his advisers, meanwhile, defended the administration’s response to the devastation on the island, which was hit by Hurricane Maria Sept. 20 with many people left desperate for power, food and other supplies. Continue reading “Thur, Sept 28, 2017: Trump waives restrictions on foreign cargo deliveries to speed aid to Puerto Rico”