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We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief. Here is everything Trump has tweeted since he was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. In many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate. And, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time. Check back for more as Trump continues to tweet.
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Brushing aside criticism of his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, President Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, hailing the recovery effort as an “amazing job” by first responders, telling officials they should be “proud” of a death toll that stood in double digits instead of thousands.
Nearly two weeks after the Category 4 storm raked the island, Trump, making his fourth visit to a hurricane zone in a month, lavished praise on local officials who spoke highly of him, while taking a veiled swipe at the mayor of San Juan, the capital, who had characterized initial recovery efforts as ineffective.
In a televised meeting with officials in a hangar at Muniz Air National Guard Base, Trump struck an upbeat note about progress made since the storm struck on Sept. 20, knocking out the power grid, snatching away cellphone service, isolating dozens of rural communities and leaving hundreds of thousands scrambling for food, water, medicine, cash and gasoline.
But as sometimes happens when Trump makes off-the-cuff comments, the tone of his arrival remarks seemed jarring at times. He made an oddly jovial reference to the cost of the recovery effort, telling assembled officials: “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you threw our budget a little out of whack!”
Trump also referred favorably to the official death count on the island — 16, but expected to rise — by comparing it with the fatality toll when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, killing an estimated 1,800 people.
“Sixteen people certified versus in the thousands,” he said. “You can be very proud.”
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello later announced that the number of deaths connected to the storm had risen to 34 from 16. Nineteen of them were a direct result of the storm, the rest indirectly connected to the hurricane.
Wrapping up his nearly eight-hour visit with an aerial tour, the president flew by helicopter to a Navy ship offshore, the Kearsarge, where he shook hands with service members and met with the governor of the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands, Kenneth Mapp, before boarding Air Force One for the return flight.
Trump planned to travel next to Las Vegas, where a mass shooting killed at least 58 people Sunday.
Leaving Washington earlier Tuesday, Trump hailed his administration’s recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, shrugging off criticism that the initial federal response was less robust than similar efforts when hurricanes struck Texas and Florida.
"It's now acknowledged what a great job we've done," Trump told reporters at the White House as he and First Lady Melania Trump prepared to depart for San Juan.
"In Texas and in Florida, we get an A-plus,” the president said. “And I'll tell you what — I think we've done just as good in Puerto Rico.”