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Trump's Approval Rating on Hurricane Response Sinks 20 Points After Puerto Rico
The poll surveyed 1,010 respondents between Oct. 12 and Oct. 15 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Much of Puerto Rico remains in severe crisis nearly a month after the Category 4 storm hit. As of Tuesday, just 18 percent of the 3.4 million U.S. citizens living on the island have electricity, and 65 percent have access to potable water.
Compared to the actions taken after hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida, the president has been heavily criticized for his Twitter attacks on Puerto Rican leaders, tossing paper towels into a crowd of hurricane victims, and contrasting Puerto Rico's death toll to "a real catastrophe like Katrina."
Trump insists he's standing by Puerto Rico but has blamed its pre-existing infrastructure issues and debt for its problems with hurricane recovery.
Most recently, Trump said that the military should not have to distribute the "massive amounts" of food and water to the islanders.
"We have massive amounts of water. We have massive amounts of food, but they have to distribute the food, and they have to do this," he said at his Rose Garden news conference on Monday.
"They have to distribute the food to the people of the island. So, what we've done is, we now actually have military distributing food—something that really they shouldn't have to be doing."
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By Nancy Schimelpfening
- Nutrition experts say healthy eating is about making good choices most of the time.
- Treats like cookies can be eaten in moderation.
- Information like total calories, saturated fat, and added sugars can be used to compare which foods are relatively healthier.
- However, it's also important to savor and enjoy what you're eating so you don't feel deprived.
Yes, we know. Cookies aren't considered a "healthy" food by any stretch of the imagination.
When you see an actor in handcuffs, they're usually filming a movie. But when Jane Fonda, Ted Danson, Sally Field, and other celebrities were arrested in Washington, D.C., last fall, the only cameras rolling were from the news media.
As the Pacific Ocean becomes more acidic, Dungeness crabs, which live in coastal areas, are seeing their shells eaten away, according to a new study commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).