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Hurricane Maria death toll jumps to 34 in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria death toll jumps to 34 in Puerto Rico”

She suspects Trump "didn't even know that Puerto Rico was an island that was part of America".

Still, Pence says, "We have a long way to go". "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help". Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon then passed out food.

During a visit to a church, Pence listened as a priest spoke of the resiliency of the Puerto Rican people, telling the vice president that even if the people do not have electricity they do have light.

During his visit Tuesday to the storm-ravaged island, Trump said, "They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we're going to have to wipe that out".

She said that the White House staff was helpful and receptive, but added that Trump's communications style sometimes "gets in the way".

The island is still grappling with the damage caused by the storm.

Pence had seen other damage earlier, when his plane flew over homes stripped of their roofs, toppled trees and debris strewn in yards as it arrived on St. Croix.

He says he's been inspired by the "warm smiles, the cheerfulness and the determination" of the people he's met.

"They're not really on the radar", she said.

President Trump has criticised the mayor of the Island's capital over the sluggish response to the disaster relief efforts.

Mapp said the island was making progress in its recovery from Hurricane Maria and expected schools to reopen on Tuesday.

The island's recovery will likely cost more than $US30 billion.

Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence and Virgin Islands Del.

President Trump originally considered visiting the Virgin Islands but did not include a stop in the territory on his brief trip this week. Army personnel in military fatigues stood at attention nearby.

Pence is getting a briefing on the rebuilding efforts in St. Croix and meeting with people affected by the storm.

"It's being fixed" he told reporters Tuesday during his first visit to the island.

Widespread disasters offer presidents much to gain - or lose - politically as they try to play the role of comforter while competently leading the government's response to life-and-death issues for masses of Americans.

Today - a week after Trump's primary complaint over former Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price's extravagant use of private jets was that "the optics aren't great" - it's been reported that Trump spent the majority of his time in the wealthy, comparatively unscathed San Juan suburb of Guaybano.

After spending a well-received or much criticized day in Puerto Rico - depending on the coverage - Trump headed to Nevada to meet with those impacted by one of the worst mass shootings in recent US history.



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