President Donald Trump will visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday as the island recovers from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. Trump made this announcement early on Tuesday morning, saying the island was "hit as hard as you can hit."
BREAKING: Trump says he'll visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, says island was `hit as hard as you can hit'— The Associated Press (@AP) September 26, 2017
On Monday night, Trump broke his Twitter silence about Puerto Rico, describing how the island, which was already in rough state in terms of infrastructure, had been walloped by the storm and needs lots of other aid in addition to hurricane recovery efforts.
Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
...It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
...owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well. #FEMA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Officials on Puerto Rico praised Trump and FEMA's response thus far to the storm. Governor Ricardo Rossello said he was "very grateful" for the Trump administration, and said that they moved quickly to deal with the storm. Rossello said that he has spoken to Trump several times.