On Tuesday, Trump toured a small slice of Maria's devastation during his visit to Puerto Rico and praised the relief efforts of his administration without mentioning the criticism that the federal response has drawn.
Even if Trump did push the USA into a direct role in Puerto Rico's bankruptcy, he would have to abide by the same rules as any creditor or other participant, Spiotto said. "The mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", Trump tweeted.
"Nasty woman" has become somewhat of a battle cry for women who oppose Trump, 71, ever since he used the term to describe Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
Trump then went ahead and compared the death toll in Puerto Rico to that of the destruction caused by "a real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrine in 2005.
Reports state that Mexico plans to ship experts from its state-run power company to the island to help address the region's electricity problems, along with 30 tonnes of bottled water, and mosquito repellent.
'I truly believe that they finally saw the connection, or the disconnect, between what they were hearing on the one hand and the reality of what is happening on the ground'.
They were expected to spend more than five hours on the ground, meeting first responders, local officials and some of the 3.4 million people whose lives have been upended by a hurricane that, in the president's words, left the island USA territory "flattened". You know, they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street.
Mr Trump was also criticised for playfully lobbing paper towels into a crowd of people at a relief event later that day.
President Trump sent shivers through the municipal bond market by suggesting that Puerto Rico's $73 billion debt should be wiped away, but administration officials quickly walked back the remarks Wednesday morning, saying they weren't meant to be taken literally. "He was insulting to the people of Puerto Rico..."
"We've saved a lot of lives", he added.
The damage from Hurricane Maria has only worsened the island's fiscal plight, and Congress is expected to step in with financial assistance to help rebuild its infrastructure.
Many are uniting with former mayor Henry Cisneros to get help to the victims of Hurricane Maria.
During his briefing in San Juan, Trump singled out Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló "for not playing politics" with the response. The island's previous governor had declared that debt unpayable.
Puerto Rico's bonds, which have been falling since Hurricane Maria struck, took a sharp plunge Wednesday.
Before and during his visit Tuesday to Puerto Rico, Trump insisted the federal government had done "a great job" providing aid to the people and clearing roads so trucks can deliver food, water and other supplies to remote areas.
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