Trump said again that Cruz had been 'very, very nice at the beginning, ' before adding 'all of a sudden she went a little bit on the nasty side. "When he said, 'Puerto Rico, you've thrown out budget out of whack, ' and then seeing him throw paper towels at people, frankly it's unbecoming and disrespectful and it doesn't show what the Americans that are here are doing".
Puerto Rico is struggling to get back on its feet after Maria wreaked havoc on the island.
Trump has little power over Puerto Rico's debt, which is held by investors, but his comments affected the bond market nonetheless, Larry McDonald, head of the USA macro strategies at ACG Analytics, told CNBC. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said the island's debt would have to be erased.
Almost 9 in 10 Democrats and 7 in 10 Republicans say the US government has a major responsibility to help disaster victims in USA territories.
Like other mayors across storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, Perez has been working from early morning until late at night since Hurricane Maria struck the island, managing public shelters, delivering food and water to residents and handing out tarps. And he congratulated Puerto Ricans for avoiding a high death toll of "a real catastrophe like Katrina", the hurricane that killed as many as 1,800 people in 2005 in New Orleans.
"People are going to become more conscious of how they are living, and invest more in solar", he said. It is still hard for residents to get a cell phone signal or find fuel for their generators or cars. About 42 percent of the island has access to wired or wireless service, according to the governor's office.
That's what President Trump told a family of hurricane victims on his visit Tuesday to Puerto Rico. And Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said afterward: "We are not going to be offering a bailout for Puerto Rico or for its current bondholders". "It's a very, very sad day for me personally".
He said local truck drivers are still needed to help distribute supplies.
As president he is also anxious about the cost of rebuilding Puerto Rico.
"But the resilience of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands is even greater", Pence said. Still, about a fifth of Puerto Rico's debt is held by individuals who bought bonds long considered safe because they were constitutionally protected. "God helped them. Right?"
In President Trump's first public remarks in Puerto Rico, he shed nearly no light on the federal response to the crisis there.
She went on to say that she gets along with P.R. governor Ricardo Rosselló, who is a "tireless collaborator", even though the two share different visions about life. After meeting with the White House staff, Cruz had taken to Twitter to praise the "productive" and Trump-less face-to-face. He also saw from the air the USNS Comfort, the just-arrived hospital ship.
"I would say that the debt is secondary, that human life comes first", says Yvette Nevares, a boutique hotel manager in San Juan.