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Biden knocks Trump en route to tour Puerto Rico hurricane damage

President Biden jabbed at his predecessor, Donald Trump, Monday earlier than heading to Puerto Rico to look at damage brought on by Hurricane Fiona final month — telling reporters the island was not “taken very good care of” following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

“I’m heading to Puerto Rico because they haven’t been taken very good care of,” Biden stated as he left the White House, with more than 100,000 properties within the US territory nonetheless with out energy two weeks after Fiona struck as a Category 1 storm.

“They’ve been trying like hell to catch up from the last hurricane,” the president added. “I want to see the state of affairs today and make sure we push everything we can.”

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with devastating Category 4 winds eight months after Trump took office. The former TV host and actual property developer’s subsequent go to to the island was finest remembered for the forty fifth president throwing rolls of paper towels right into a crowd of locals as in the event that they had been souvenirs.

Donald Trump in Puerto Rico.
During then-President Donald Trump’s go to to post-Maria Puerto Rico, he threw paper towels to residents.

The post-Maria recovery was marred by native corruption and inefficiency.

More than 10 million water bottles had been left unused on an airport tarmac and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority awarded a $300 million no-bid contract to rebuild the island’s electrical grid to a small Montana company linked to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The contract was later canceled amid scrutiny.

A former Federal Emergency Management Agency official pleaded guilty this year to accepting bribes from a distinct electrical company that was given $1.8 billion in contracts to rebuild infrastructure.

Joe Biden.
“I’m heading to Puerto Rico because they haven’t been taken very good care of,” President Biden stated.
Joe Biden.
President Biden defined that Puerto Rico has been “trying like hell to catch up from the last hurricane.”

Trump defended his dealing with of the disaster and blamed native officers — together with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who had stated of Trump, “If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth.”

“Puerto Rico has been taken care of better by Donald Trump than by any living human being and I think the people of Puerto Rico understand it,” Trump said in 2019.

“You have the mayor of San Juan [Carmen Yulín Cruz] that, frankly, doesn’t know what she’s doing and the governor, they have to spend the money wisely. They don’t know how to spend the money and they’re not spending it wisely.”

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