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OCTOBER 5, 2017

   .  President Trump on Tuesday made his first trip to Puerto Rico to survey the damage of Hurricane Maria, after touting his administration's efforts there and criticizing local officials for being unprepared for the storm's ramifications.  PR was bankrupt before Maria.

     The most memorable points of his trip came when the president joked Puerto Rico was burdening the federal budget, said officials should be "proud" Puerto Rico didn't end in as many lives lost as other storms like Hurricane Katrina. While there, Mr. Trump praised the federal response to the storm throughout, even as more than 90 percent of the island is without power and as many have no drinking water.

     Mr. Trump and his administration have been criticized for offering an optimistic view of the federal government's response, while much of the island goes without power or clean drinking water. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke called the response to the disaster a "good news story," to which San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said, "Dammit, this is not a good news story," but a "'people are dying' story."

     From there, Mr. Trump spent Saturday waging a Twitter war against Cruz from his private golf club in New Jersey, harping on her for "poor leadership." Trump has also lashed out at "fake news" organizations, saying they are not recognizing the work the Federal Emergency Management Agency or military is doing.  The president's trip came as he and his administration also grapple with the devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured, forcing the White House to manage two major crises at once.

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