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Trump says Puerto Ricans are 'wonderful,' have 'unmatched spirit'

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised the people of Puerto Rico on Friday, calling them "wonderful" and praising their "unmatched spirit" as the U.S. territorial island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria and he weathers criticism for his handling of the aftermath.

"The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the [hurricanes]," Trump said on Twitter. "I will always be with them!"

(Reporting by Justin Mitchell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)