In San Juan, protesters gathered outside the convention center, the base of U.S. relief operations. This is Sonia Santiago Hernández of the group Mothers Against the War.
Sonia Santiago Hernández: “It’s a good opportunity for him to show to the world that he’s visiting the colony, the territory of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. But in reality, he’s not going to solve anything. What we’re seeing is that the Puerto Rican people is strong, and we’re together, helping ourselves. What we see in our communities is a military occupation. We are not really seeing the so-called help that the military are supposed to be providing.”
On Tuesday evening, President Trump shocked observers by suggesting that he might seek to cancel Puerto Rico’s $74 billion debt. This is President Trump speaking with Fox News.
President Donald Trump: “Well, we’re going to work something out. We have to look at their whole debt structure. You know, they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street, and we’re going to have to wipe that out. That’s going to have to be—you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs, but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that. We have to do something about it, because the debt was massive on the island.”
We’ll have more on Trump’s visit and the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after headlines.