In what could be the single biggest help to Puerto Rico as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump seemed to suggest yesterday that the island’s staggering $73 billion in debt would have to be wiped out:

This would be a game-changer, to say the least, especially to those who have attempted to paint Trump as uncaring about Puerto Ricans suffering in the aftermath of the storm:

The price of Puerto Rico’s bonds are down on the news:

As are the shares of bond insurers:

In Trump’s remarks to Geraldo, he signaled out the big banks as holders of the bonds but in reality, mutual funds owned by mom-and-pop investors hold much of Puerto Rico’s debt:

OMD Director Mick Mulvaney seemed to step back a little this am, however:

But that genie is out of the bottle and will be hard to put back in, especially once Trump wins praise from Puerto Ricans for the move.

Even before the debt new bombshell, however, the narrative was changing. Yes, guys like Chris Hayes were infatuated with Trump throwing paper towels to the crowd:

And other reporters criticized Trump’s short trip to the island:

But Trump’s visit was received positively by many:

As for the length of Trump’s visit, compared to what? He was on Puerto Rico longer than Obama:

And what has Hillary Clinton ever done? (Correction: This refers to Bill Clinton not traveling to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Georges in 1998(:

Not that everything is perfect, mind you. But it’s improving:

For example, this was much mockery of this incident yesterday but most accounts truncated the quote and left out that residents responded with a “thank you.”

Here’s how the coverage looked in the papers:

Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a typo. It’s “Mick” Mulvaney, note Mike.