New Poll Shows Low Marks for Trump's Puerto Rico Response

Zeneika Burgos fills jugs with spring water because she has no running water in her home

Mexico, which was recently hit by a devastating quake, has offered aid to United States' Puerto Rico, which is struggling to arrange for basic necessities for its citizens stranded there without electricity.

The hurricane wiped out the island's power grid, and fewer than half of residents have running water.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wore a T-shirt adorned with the word "nasty" during a TV interview on Wednesday, October 4, after President Donald Trump repeatedly used the term to describe her.

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, took on the feminist rallying cry of the resistance in a sly rebuke of the president on Wednesday: by proudly wearing a "NASTY" shirt in a television interview.

In an interview with Fox News, US President Donald Trump added to the economic strain of Puerto Rico by suggesting the US overseas territory should default on its debt.

Mexico offered the aid even through its relations with the U.S. have been strained ever since Donald Trump assumed office in January.

Earlier Tuesday, while leaving the White House, Trump said: "In Texas and in Florida we get an A-plus".

Construction worker Jose Sanchez, 33, said the Pences' visit "builds morale, it gives us hope".

"I've never said a negative word about him", Cruz said.

"They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street".

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His administration has transferred more than $US20.5 million ($A26.2 million) in federal funds to Puerto Rico to defray disaster expenses, FEMA said on its website.

And it appears voters back the president's stance, adding weight to the argument that many Americans do not see the situation in Puerto Rico as a priority. "We are not going to deal right now with those fundamental difficulties that Puerto Rico had before the storm". Cruz argued that federal aid had been slow to reach Puerto Rico following Maria, which knocked out power to the entire island. "We're a prideful people and to see our country get lost, it's awful", she said.

"I will use this opportunity to reiterate the primary message: this is about saving lives, not about politics", Cruz said in a statement.

This isn't the first time that President Trump accused a woman of being "nasty".

Pence took in damage wrought by Maria and delivered a message of comfort from his boss, the president: "We will be with you every day until the Virgin Islands comes all the way back".

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz speaks with a man as she arrives at San Francisco hospital in the Rio Piedras area of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, as about 35 patients are evacuated after the failure of an electrical plant.

Cruz and Trump met Tuesday during Trump's visit to the storm-ravaged island.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said more than 12,000 federal officials are now on the ground on the island, and 45 percent of customers now have access to drinking water.

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