President Trump told Fox News on Tuesday while he was inspecting the damage done to Puerto Rico and said during an interview that “you can say goodbye” to Puerto Rico’s debt as the island struggles to rebuild itself after Hurricane Maria, reports Fox News.
Trump spoke to Geraldo Rivera in an interview that aired exclusively on “Hannity” Tuesday evening. The President and the First Lady visited Puerto Rico to show their support and the U.S.’s dedication to helping rebuild Puerto Rico.
“They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we’re going to have to wipe that out,” Trump told Rivera. “You can say goodbye to that.”
Puerto Rico was facing a $74 billion public debt load prior to Maria, and the damage sustained after the hurricane would have made that much higher. The decade-long recession has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to leave for the U.S. mainland.
In the interview Trump also defended his administration’s response to the storm saying “we may have done our best work here, but it hasn’t been appreciated.”
Trump is talking about the recent attack to his administration by the Mayor of Puetro Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has accused Trump of not sending enough federal aid to help the territory of the U.S. But President Trump is adment that he and the government have done everything they can.
“‘We’ve done a fantastic job,’ the president told Rivera. ‘This was a very tough one. You know, I say we got an A+ in Texas [and] we got an A+ in Florida [after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma].’
‘But actually, if you see over the last couple of days, now people are really seeing what we’ve done,’ Trump added. ‘The runways are open, the ships are pouring in and a lot of things are happening, so it’s great.'”