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DC Daily: President Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Posted: 7:00 AM, Oct 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-03 19:17:35Z
Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

What's happening in the political world:

President surveys hurricane damage in Puerto Rico
-- President Trump arrived in Puerto Rico Tuesday morning to view the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

Trump huddled with local and federal officials and praised his administration's response to the hurricane that devastated the island.

Still, Trump noted that the devastation in Puerto Rico has "thrown our budget a little out of whack," though he said that was "fine."

"I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack," Trump said. "But that's fine."

At one point, Trump remarked on the 16-person death toll, which he touted as low compared to how many could have died.

Trump said officials can "be very proud of what's taken place," immediately after remarking on the death toll.

As Trump thanked local officials, he focused on the praise some local officials offered of him and his administration than on the work local officials have done in response to the hurricane.

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Trump's morning tweet


Congress lets children's health program expire
-- A health insurance program that covers millions of American children has expired.

Enacted in 1997, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a joint federal- and state-funded program that provides low-cost health coverage for kids who aren't eligible for Medicaid.

Records show an estimated 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP for the 2016 fiscal year, with the program spending $15.6 billion that year; the federal government paid for most of that.

Lawmakers had until Sept. 30 to reauthorize CHIP. But leading up to that date, the Republican-led Congress was heavily focused on its latest unsuccessful attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

If Congress doesn't reauthorize the program, millions of children could eventually lose their current health insurance.

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CNN and Newsy contributed to this report