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Trump Has Officially Rated His Response to Puerto Rico

'I'd say it was a 10'

(Newser) - On Thursday, President Trump gave himself perfect marks for the federal government's response to the ongoing disaster in Puerto Rico, USA Today reports. "I'd say it was a 10," Trump told reporters during a meeting with Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico. According to the Washington ... More »

Hospital Ship Sits Off Puerto Rico, Mostly Empty

Red tape, general confusion preventing hurricane victims from being treated on USNS Comfort

(Newser) - After Hurricane Maria, the USNS Comfort was sent to Puerto Rico, where the floating hospital has been idling offshore for almost two weeks. But CNN reports that only 30 or so of the ship's 250 available beds are occupied, and that its surgery facilities, medical staff, and supplies have... More »

Water for Puerto Ricans Being Pumped From Superfund Site

According to a CNN report

(Newser) - Most of the people waiting in line for water Friday at a well in Puerto Rico were unaware it was coming from a federally designated Superfund site, reports CNN , which made the discovery after reviewing documents and speaking with officials. With more than 35% of residents still lacking water three... More »

Trump Talks Pulling FEMA Amid Struggle to Help Puerto Rico

Chuck Schumer says FEMA's work is 'not even close to done'

(Newser) - President Trump is warning that hurricane relief for Puerto Rico has an end date even as federal officials acknowledge a massive food shortage on the island three weeks after Hurricane Maria. "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult... More »

Zuckerberg Apologizes for VR Trip to Puerto Rico

Facebook CEO's demonstration of Spaces tool was widely panned

(Newser) - Well, that didn't take long. Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for a virtual reality promotion featuring Puerto Rico that was almost unanimously condemned as tone deaf , reports CNET . In a video on Tuesday, Zuckerberg and another Facebook exec demonstrated how the new VR tool called Spaces works, allowing the pair... More »

Mark Zuckerberg Shows How Not to Promote a New Product

Facebook CEO intros Spaces app by 'teleporting' to hurricane-destroyed Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg was excited to show off the new Facebook Spaces app Monday, a virtual-reality product that allows cartoon versions of yourself to wander in faraway places, so he decided to demonstrate with a "magical" tour—of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. "There's a lot of people who are... More »

Trump Claims He Invented the Term 'Fake'

He defends throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico

(Newser) - President Trump defended his throwing of paper towels to Puerto Rican hurricane victims in a weekend interview on a Christian network—and claimed to have invented the term "fake." The towel-throwing, which San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz described as "terrible and abominable," was simply a... More »

Trump Called Her 'Nasty.' This Is Her Response

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz wears T-shirt with that very word during TV interview

(Newser) - The back-and-forth between President Trump and Carmen Yulin Cruz continues. The San Juan mayor gave a TV interview Wednesday to offer an update in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and she sported an instantly noticeable wardrobe choice: a black T-shirt with the word "NASTY" sprawled across it in white... More »

San Juan Mayor: Trump Tossing Towels Was 'Terrible'

And 'abominable,' says Carmen Yulin Cruz

(Newser) - There's no love lost between San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and President Trump, and that situation wasn't much changed following the president's trip to Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Cruz, you'll recall, lashed out last Thursday against the administration's categorization of federal relief efforts as... More »

Trump Pledges to 'Wipe Out' Puerto Rico Debt. There's a 'But'

It's not clear whether the federal government can do that

(Newser) - President Trump generated headlines with his comments in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, but his most surprising remark seems to have come afterward in an interview with Fox News . “You know, they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street, and we’re going to have to... More »

Trump to Puerto Rico: You've Thrown Budget 'Out of Whack'

'And that's fine,' he says

(Newser) - "Every death is a horror," President Trump said Tuesday while meeting with local and federal officials at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Puerto Rico, but other remarks he made weren't quite so heavy. While discussing his administration's response to the devastation on the island, he... More »

Ahead of Visit to Puerto Rico, Trump Eases Up on Mayor

President will be with San Juan's Carmen Yulín Cruz on Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump says San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has "come back a long way" from her criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Maria. "I think it's now acknowledged what a great job we've done and people are looking at that. Whether it's... More »

As Trump Heads to Puerto Rico, Not Everyone Is Excited

'We appreciate all the help that we've received, but his comments are not true'

(Newser) - President Trump is planning to meet hurricane victims as well as officials and first responders when he visits Puerto Rico on Tuesday—but not everybody will be happy to see him. The AP spoke to residents angry about the president's description of some officials as "ingrates" who "... More »

Survivalist Who Stockpiled for 40 Years Makes Heartwarming Decision

Joseph Badame is donating his food, supplies to Puerto Rico hurricane victims

(Newser) - For four decades, Joseph Badame and wife Phyliss stocked their house and other buildings on their Medford, NJ, property with enough food, water, coal, and other supplies to keep 100 friends and family members alive and comfortable for the indefinite future, all in anticipation of a possible economic doomsday scenario.... More »

The Simpsons' Season Premiere Ends With a Message

And more on the situation in Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Pop culture is trying to do its part for Puerto Rico. EW reports The Simpsons closed its season premiere Sunday with a five-second call to help the island. The still image shows the people of Springfield, with Marge holding an "Unido" sign in one hand and a corner of... More »

Trump Dedicates Golf Trophy to Hurricane Victims

He's the first president to present Presidents Cup

(Newser) - Hours after slamming "politically motivated ingrates" for criticizing the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, President Trump attended a golf tournament—and dedicated the US win in the Presidents Cup to hurricane victims. Trump presented the trophy to US captain Steve Stricker after the US team cruised... More »

Trump Slams Mayor Who Criticized Hurricane Response

Puerto Rico officials 'want everything to be done for them'

(Newser) - President Trump lashed out early Saturday at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and other Puerto Rican officials who have criticized relief efforts on the hurricane-ravaged island. "The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that... More »

Beyonce Song Will Benefit Puerto Rico

It's her first release since giving birth

(Newser) - Beyonce is out with a new single and music video , her first since giving birth to twins in June, and it's all to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The song is a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente,"... More »

Mayor in Puerto Rico: No, It's Not a 'Good News Story'

San Juan's Carmen Yulin Cruz rejects line by White House official

(Newser) - On Thursday, the acting Homeland Security chief declared that federal relief efforts in Puerto Rico amounted to "a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane." On Friday, the mayor... More »

Celebs Share Awkward Photos —for a Cause

Stephen Colbert, Nick Kroll donating $2K in aid to Puerto Rico for each

(Newser) - Even the biggest names in Hollywood went through that awkward pubescent stage—and now we have the proof. Celebrities including Sarah Silverman , Jimmy Kimmel , and Judd Apatow have been sharing less-than-flattering photos of their awkward younger years on Twitter using the hashtag #PuberMe after Stephen Colbert vowed to donate $1,... More »

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