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U.S. President Donald Trump has made comments about wiping out Puerto Rico's US$73 billion debt to help the island get back on its feet after the death and devastation wrought by Category 5 Hurricane Maria.

"I hate to tell you Puerto Rico but you threw our budget a little out of whack, but that's fine", Trump said. "What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people" she explained in Spanish. "The Brawny paper towel guy would know better than to do that".

"I said to the president is that this is about saving lives".

"It's wonderful how he can get those tiny hands around his back to pat it", Kimmel said, unable to refrain from laughing.

The team making the trip will help support local firefighters and paramedics in Puerto Rico, not take over their day-to-day jobs. "There was no exchange with anybody, with none of the mayors", she said. "Letting people know we support you".

People feel like they're not being heard especially on an island like Puerto Rico, who feels like they aren't getting what they need.

The residents of Puerto Rico are very happy with the visit of Trump, as they believe it will strengthen their efforts to rebuild the hurricane hit area.

Cruz criticized the Trump administration's hurricane response to the island.

"We have to look at the whole debt structure", Trump said to Rivera during his Tuesday visit to San Juan.

Yulín Cruz said she met Trump briefly at the FEMA site, telling him: "Mr. President, this is about saving lives, not politics".

The 23 members of the Chicago Fire Department departed from O'Hare International Airport, bound for San Juan, taking with them defibrillators, stretchers and communication equipment.

The president's lack of seriousness of goal was so evident, that according to an on-the-ground report from CNN's Kevin Liptak, Trump seemed to see himself in a sort of Santa Claus role while handing out supplies to disaster victims.

In Tuesday's CNN interview, Cruz said she hopes Trump will stop saying things that hurt Puerto Ricans.

The aftermath of Hurricane Maria left half of the 3.4 million US citizens in Puerto Rico without clean drinking water and only five percent of the population with electricity.

The mayor, however, was more cautious about President Trump.

"But I will tell you, the first responders, the military, FEMA, they have done an incredible job in Puerto Rico". Numerous 1,833 people in Katrina's death toll died instantly or as they were awaiting rescue in the days afterward.