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Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:20 PM
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico. — During a briefing with officials in Puerto Rico Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the U.S. territory has “thrown our budget a little out of whack,” and told officials they should be “proud” that the death toll wasn’t as high as Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Trump said the storm damage in Puerto Rico wasn’t “a real catastrophe like Katrina” because the confirmed death toll is 16 so far, compared to the thousands who perished in Hurricane Katrina, Trump said
Here's Trump comparing the death count in Puerto Rico to the death count in a "real catastrophe like Katrina" pic.twitter.com/lNCz4wYvMn— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) October 3, 2017
Trump also criticized local officials for being unprepared, while praising the federal response.
The trip comes amid harsh criticism against Trump and his administration for what many have said was a slow response to the disaster.
Beyond disapproval about the timeline of his Puerto Rico trip, several pundits and other have taken aim at the president’s visit to the devastated country, with many calling his behavior and comments during the briefing “inappropriate” and “ridiculous.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to a crowd of reporters Tuesday about Trump’s visit, saying, “Mr. President, enough. Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track. That’s your job as president.”
Schumer to Trump: "Stop blaming Puerto Rico...roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track. That's your job." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/Q12RQEw0hS— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 3, 2017
Trump went to Puerto Rico and said they didn’t have "a real catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina.”— Touré (@Toure) October 3, 2017
Trump’s Katrina is his own mouth.
"Flashlights. you don't need 'em anymore," Trump says as he hands out supplies in Puerto Rico. 95% of the island is still without power.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) October 3, 2017
He's a child. Then later on Trump cracked jokes about Puerto Rico's debt and tossed rolls of paper towels into the crowd like basketballs. https://t.co/K3V3F65Xkb— Marc Lombardi (@marclombardi) October 3, 2017
Pretty stunning moment: blaming Puerto Rico storm recovery for the deficit? Also thanked every politician in sight except San Juan Mayor https://t.co/jeZJGunUo4— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) October 3, 2017
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who criticized Trump for a slow response to send aid, also said in an interview with CNN that Trump sometimes “spouts” comments “that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico.”
But Cruz later tweeted that she believes the trip helped the White House staff understand the situation in Puerto Rico.
Meeting with WH staff productive. They REALLY understood the disconnect between how things are supposed to happen and how they really happen— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 3, 2017
Hopefully the newly open channels of communication with WH staff will put in motion what is needed to accomplish our goal: save lives.— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 3, 2017
According to the New York Times, more than 50 of Puerto Rico’s roughly 65 hospitals are running on generators as much of the island territory continues without basic amenities and power.
And reports by FEMA found only 50 percent of Puerto Rico currently has access to clean drinking water.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 3:21 PM
NEW YORK — Music legend Paul McCartney participated in the March for Our Lives rally in New York City Saturday.
When asked by a CNN reporter what he hoped could be accomplished by the movement, McCartney pointed to his shirt, which had the message, "We can end gun violence" printed on it.
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/WciuXWB6ql pic.twitter.com/GybNtI5ZHi— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," McCartney said.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
WASHINGTON — An 11-year-old girl delivered a powerful message about gun violence at the March for Our Lives rally Saturday in the nation's capital.
Naomi Wadler, a fifth-grader at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, focused her speech on the gun violence that African-American women face, and how often their stories go untold.
"I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don't lead the evening news," Wadler told the crowd.
"For far too long these names, these black girls and women have been just numbers. I'm here to say 'never again' for those girls, too," Wadler said.
Wadler rejected the notion that she was too young to understand the issue. "People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own. People have said that I am a tool of some nameless adult. It's not true," Wadler said.
"We know life isn't equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong," Wadler said.
Her speech quickly began trending on Twitter.
Naomi Wadler, I’m raising my hand 🙋🏾♀️ as the first volunteer for your presidential run! Shine young queen shine 👑🖤✨— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) March 24, 2018
Wadler also helped organize a walkout at her school to protest gun violence on March 14, the Fairfax County Times reported.
Brilliant 11-year-old Naomi Wadler is doing more to address gun violence and systemic racism than most adults pic.twitter.com/ifntel7xt5— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 22, 2018
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Update March 23, 2018 8:50 EST: A missing Atlanta area middle schooler has been found safe.
Anthony Randolph III disappeared Wednesday after getting on the wrong bus at his school in DeKalb, Georgia.
Investigators have been searching for the boy for two days and found him Friday at a gas station not far from his home, police said.
Police have not released the details on where the boy has been and how he was found.
A 12-year-old boy disappeared after getting on the wrong school bus on his way home from middle school in metro Atlanta.
Anthony Randolph III disappeared Wednesday after boarding the wrong bus at Redan Middle School in DeKlab County, police said.
Investigators said the boy got off the bus two miles away from his home.
He wasn’t supposed to be on that bus and school officials said they are working to figure out why the bus driver didn’t take him back to school.
“We need you home Anthony, fast, please,” the child’s father, Anthony Randolph Jr., said.
Randolph wiped away tears as he begged anyone with information on the disappearance of his son to come forward.
A search is underway as police continue investigating the boy’s disappearance.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 3:25 PM
— Marches and rallies were held in the U.S. and around the world Saturday as part of the March for Our Lives event. The student-led movement seeks legislative action on the issues of gun violence and gun control in response to a series of deadly school shootings.
The movement is being led by student survivors of the Parkland High School mass shooting in Florida on Feb. 14, in which former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 17 people and injured dozens.