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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 06, 2017 8:20 pm

Pence checks out Maria effect on US Virgin Islands

KEN THOMAS | Associated Press

Associated Press

FREDERIKSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Vice President Mike Pence is in the U.S. Virgin Islands to get an update on the recovery efforts after the islands were socked by Hurricane Maria.

Pence is getting a briefing on the rebuilding efforts in St. Croix and meeting with people affected by the storm. He's the first top member of the Trump administration to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The vice president was aiming to reassure people in the U.S. territories that the Trump administration will help the islands recover from the massive storm.

The vice president was traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico, later in the day. The trip comes days after Trump visited Puerto Rico and praised relief efforts without mentioning the criticism that the federal response has drawn.