Trump getting bad reviews over Puerto Rico visit, saying damage wasn’t ‘a real catastrophe’

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

Trump Getting Bad Reviews Over Puerto Rico Visit

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.

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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

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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.”

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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.”

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.

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.

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Amazon glitch: Here's how to get on the Amazon Prime sale

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Amazon Prime Day is Monday, July 16 and it might be tempting to grab back to school deals. Consumer adviser Clark Howard said don't spend money you don't have to.

Amazon’s website suffered a glitch at the beginning of its much-hyped Prime Day sale.

Here is a workaround that will allow you to get to the Prime Day Deals.

1. Click onto the Prime Day link on Amazon.

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2. Go to the filter area at the top of the  page next to the words “Amazon Prime,” and click on “Prime Day” instead of “All.”

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, packages ride on a conveyor system at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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Woman vows to sue nephew over $1.2 million lottery prize

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

A woman is suing her nephew after putting his name on a lottery ticket for good luck. (Photo: Margaree Chase the Ace/Facebook)
A woman is suing her nephew after putting his name on a lottery ticket for good luck. (Photo: Margaree Chase the Ace/Facebook)

A lottery jackpot check presentation turned into a family feud when the woman who put her nephew’s name on the winning ticket refused to split the prize and vowed to sue for the remaining portion. 

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Barbara Reddick gave her nephew Tyrone MacInnes $100 to buy tickets for Chase the Ace, a lottery with a jackpot that had reached $1.2 million, and told him to put his name on the ticket as well, for good luck, the CBC reported she said.

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“He’s always lucky with his draws, right?” Reddick, of Guysborough, Nova Scotia, told The Province. “I said ‘Well, put your name on the ticket and you’ll be my good luck charm.’ I didn’t say split. I never mentioned money at all.”

When their card was picked, it was Tyrone, who lives in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, whose contact information was on the ticket, who was called, according to the CBC. They found out they won and Tyrone wanted half, she told The Province

“I would have given him $150,000,” she said. “Listen, Tyrone was the son that I never had. Me and Tyrone -- ask anybody -- we’re very very close … . Tyrone is getting nothing from me. It’s just for the principle. We were so close. He broke my heart. He broke it. … People go crazy when it comes to money.”

At a check-presentation ceremony Thursday, Reddick was visibly distraught and as the cameras clicked, she quickly told her nephew that she would see him in court. 

"I'm taking him to court. I'm getting a lawyer tomorrow,” she told the CBC.

Lottery officials were dismayed with the way the presentation devolved.

"I can't really explain it. I didn't expect anything like that to happen. I just came to deliver the checks and present them to the winners,” Bernice Curley, chair of the Chase the Ace lottery, told the CBC. “I'm a little bit disappointed that happened at the end."

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 starts with some glitches

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Amazon Prime Day 2018

Amazon Prime Day started at 3 p.m. Eastern time today, but not without some glitches.

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CNBC reported that customers complained of errors on desktop and mobile. According to the outlet, some customers got an error page featuring “dogs of Amazon.” 

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Visiting Amazon.com, navigating to the Prime Day page and clicking on “shop all deals,” or “shop deals by interest” led some users to a redirect loop to the “shop all deals” page.

According to Tech Crunch, direct links to product pages work fine, including direct links to specific products on the Prime Day page. 

Amazon has not commented on the reports about Prime Day site glitches.

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Trump Putin summit: Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain react

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

Response to President Donald Trump’s comment at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin that he doubted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was swift and pointed Monday.

Reaction ranged from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper calling the president’s performance “disgraceful” to retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (California) defending the president’s comments.

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Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said. 

Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election, instead complaining about a Democratic National Committee computer server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

“They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. 

“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that was responsible for the election hacking. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

Here are some of the comments made just after the summit ended.

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