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Pres. Trump tours hurricane damage in Puerto Rico

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President Trump traveled to Puerto Rico Tuesday to survey the damage left by Hurricane Maria.

Once on the ground, Mr. Trump praised the federal relief effort, saying "I've never seen people working so hard in my life."

Among those greeting him was the mayor of San Juan,  who had criticized the federal response as too slow.

The president, speaking to local officials, compared Maria's low death count to that of Hurricane Katrina and also addressed the soaring price tag.

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack, because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives," Mr. Trump said.

The president also said that Puerto Rico's electrical power, virtually knocked out by Hurricane Maria, is headed toward flickering on again.
    
"It's being fixed," he told reporters. He added that the power grid was "devastated before the hurricanes even hit."
    
He said lots of generators have been brought to the island and most hospitals are at least partially open.

The president also handed out supplies at a church in Puerto Rico.
    
Tables at the Calvary Chapel were lined with supplies that included paper towels, bags of rice, candy bars, and water bottles.
    
The president shook hands and handed people flashlights. A few times, he tossed paper towel rolls into the crowd of about 200 people.

He said, "The job that's been done here is really nothing short of a miracle."
    
The president has come under fire for what critics said was a slow response to the devastation. Maria wiped out power to Puerto Rico's 3.4 million people and left them short of food, water and supplies.
 

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