September 26, 2017 / 3:24 PM / in 5 months

Trump says will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, promises to help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he planned to go to Puerto Rico and praised the federal effort so far for the U.S. territory after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

”Puerto Rico needs a lot of money,“ Trump told reporters at the White House. ”We’ve worked very, very hard in Puerto Rico. It’s very tough because it’s an island. ...We’re doing a really good job.

“We have shipped massive amounts of food and water and supplies to Puerto Rico and we are continuing to do it on an hourly basis.”

(This refiled version of the story spells out Puerto Rico).

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry

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