1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts:
"The President of the United States has doubled down on the insult by toying with the idea of diverting your recovery funds to build a wall. Now make no mistake, this wall is dumb."
2. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in audience
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts:
"If accountability in government means anything, Brock Long (Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency) should take responsibility for his failures, he should resign as the head of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and if he not willing to do that he should be fired."
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and support laws to give the U.S. territory equal treatment and debt relief as she condemned President Donald Trump during a visit Tuesday to the island, which has become an obligatory stop for potential and presidential candidates.
Warren demanded the resignation of Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And she criticized Trump for denying the hurricane's death toll and for considering the use of disaster recovery funds to build what she called a "dumb" border wall, provoking laughter and applause from a crowd of a couple hundred people gathered in a small theater.
Democrats are using official trips to Puerto Rico as an opportunity to criticize the Trump administration for how it responded to the hurricane and its aftermath. Last week, former housing secretary Julian Castro, who has declared himself a candidate, visited the island and toured communities still struggling more than a year after the storm.
The visits have perplexed some and annoyed others in Puerto Rico, whose people are U.S. citizens who can vote in primaries but are barred from voting in presidential elections.
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