Even on the US mainland, the presidency continues to face major criticism from those who say that Trump failed to adequately handle the aftermath of the storm. We are citizens. We pay taxes. The US military is distributing 900 sandbags to shore up the Guajataca Dam after it suffered an infrastructure failure following the hurricane.
"It is a community effort", Evelyn Torres said at a fund-raising event in the Bronx.
"Dammit, this is not a good news story".
"They have got to get that aid moving to the right places".
After spending the weekend tweeting about the NFL and why its owners should force players to stand during the National Anthem, President Donald Trump has spent this week playing catchup on the still-unfolding humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
She spoke with CNN's Anderson Cooper Friday night, while wearing a shirt saying "help us, we are dying". "We are dying here". I keep saying it: SOS. "We're not sure if we'll get more fuel after that'".
In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, the president said that the mayor of the stricken US territory must have been influenced by Democrats to change her attitude towards him, because she was "very complimentary" just a few days ago.
"Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help", said Trump, a Republican.
On Saturday morning, Trump, from the comfort of his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, responded with a series of tweets that callously criticized Cruz for her efforts.
Between April 2010 and July 2016, the population of Puerto Rico dropped by 8.4 percent, the US Census said, the largest percentage drop of any USstate or territory. She said that if anyone can send anything solar-powered, she would pick it up and distribute it.
Still, Cruz, in her CNN appearance, left little doubt that she is looking to the White House for help. "I have no time for small politics or for comments that do not add to the situation here".
Cruz became involved in Puerto Rico's Popular Democratic Party in 2003, and was elected president of its women's organization. She worked as an adviser to the San Juan mayor and the president of Puerto Rico's House of representatives, according to her biography. "The departments of Homeland Security and Defense are engaged fully in the disaster and the response and recovery effort, probably has never been seen for something like this", Trump said. CBS News' David Begnaud traveled to Aguadilla, which was one of the hardest-hit towns on the western tip of Puerto Rico.
It was an unusually pointed rebuke from the president in the heat of a disaster - a time when leaders often put aside partisan differences in the name of solidarity. "And it's just that he. doesn't care, or he's just sophomoric, and just wants to continue to have these Twitter wars".
With power still out following Hurricane Maria, residents of the La Perla neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, use portable lights distributed by the city government.
While the release said power has been restored to 59 hospitals, FEMA official Alejandro de la Campa told reporters only 5% of electricity had been restored in the island as of Saturday. "This isn't that complicated, man, it's hurricane relief, these people need help", Che said.
"I am very satisfied". They noted that Trump immediately waived the Jones Act, an obscure protectionist law which limits shipping, after Harvey and Irma but not after Maria. "But now he's blaming the victim".
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