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Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

"To the people of Puerto Rico: Don't believe the #FakeNews!"

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years.

In the shadow of the recent devastating hurricane season in the area, US territory Puerto Rico has been left practically completely destroyed, with running water, access to food and any type of communication completely dismantled for the majority of the island's population. President Trump complaining about San Juan's Mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeting "Such poor leadership ability by the mayor and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".

The White House says President Trump spoke early Sunday to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to reaffirm his administration's commitment to providing an "unprecedented federal response" to widespread hurricane damage and thank Rossello for his leadership. Puerto Rico, he said, "was totally destroyed", and "10,000 Federal workers now on the island are doing a fantastic job".

President Donald Trump is criticizing the media and praising his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in a battered Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico, home to more than 3 million USA citizens, has had limited food, bottled water and medical supplies since Hurricane Maria struck nine days ago. "Let us not talk about the debt, let us not talk about the cost of reconstruction, let's just talk about saving lives right now", Cruz said.

"The three-star general is on his way, if he's not already arrived in Puerto Rico, to evaluate the response and what the requirements are". He has repeatedly blamed the press for what he sees as unfair coverage of the situation on the ground, where power and many are still struggling for basic essentials, including food, water and fuel.

Cruz said she shared values with the Democratic Party but did not participate in the party and pointed out that Republican Sen.

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He issued his latest attack on San Juan's mayor from his golf resort in New Jersey, where Trump was attending the President's Cup tournament on Sunday. But now it has become an actual matter of life or death for so numerous residents of Puerto Rico and for all of us.

Most of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents are entering their 11th day without power, and 16 deaths have been reported so far.

"It's important to sound the alarm, to put the story out there, so that every time someone says, 'aid is getting through, ' we can show that it may be here, but it is not getting to the most vulnerable", she said.

Even worse than that, the mayor of this town of 43,000 told the crisis co-ordination centre 25 miles away in the capital, San Juan, there was no water - he had been forced to drain his municipal swimming pool in order that his people could wash, bathe and flush their toilets.

Across the island, people continued to wait for clear signs of federal and local collaboration - for food, for potable water, for gas, for anything.

Cruz became involved in Puerto Rico's Popular Democratic Party in 2003, and was elected president of its women's organization. "I haven't heard what she said", he told reporters.

Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday along with First Lady Melania Trump.

The Federal Aviation Administration supported the restoration of services to all eight commercial airports in Puerto Rico, FEMA said on Friday.

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