After Criticizing Puerto Rico Leadership, Trump Pivots, Calls Out 'Fake News'

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham

Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city Saturday morning and accused her of having "poor leadership ability".

"I'd like to begin by sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of Puerto Rico, who have been struck by storms of historic and catastrophic severity", Trump said.

He also claimed earlier on Tuesday that providing supplies and other relief to Puerto Rico is more hard than similar disaster efforts in Florida and Texas because it is a more isolated island in the Atlantic Ocean.

The president has been accused of not acting quickly enough to send aid to the United States territory, which was left without electricity and in crisis by Hurricane Maria.

The county is in $73 billion of debt but less than a quarter of that debt is owned by hedge funds.

Around the same time that Trump was on Twitter, Cruz tweeted thanks to the politicians who had seen what San Juan needed first hand. She explained how the amount of supplies sent by the government has been dwarfed by that of private companies.

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"We are closely monitoring Hurricane Maria's forecast track, and have modified both Adventure of the Seas and Allure of the Seas current itineraries to keep our guests and crew well out of the path of the storm".

Jordan Adams, a student at Southern Adventist University, said he and his family members on the USA mainland have not heard from their family in Puerto Rico at all. I'm not surprised by the show she is putting on'.

Praised for the federal response to hurricanes in Texas and Florida, Mr Trump has been on the defensive over his handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico, which he will visit on Tuesday.

He said the few people who have signal are "posting insane stuff" on Facebook, and "those of us here on the mainland are going nuts trying to find ways to send help".

The White House said Trump will make calls to several Puerto Rico officials, including Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, on Saturday afternoon.

He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an fantastic job".

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Most of the USA territory's 3.4 million residents remain without power and have struggled to find clean water and fuel 11 days after the hurricane.

In another tweet, he blamed "Fake News CNN and NBC" for going out of their way "to disparage our great First responders". Not fair to FR or effort!' "The loss of life, it's always tragic but it's been incredible, the results we've had with respect to loss of life".

"I am very satisfied", acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said outside the White House on Thursday.

After hearing Duke's comments, Cruz told CNN it was "irresponsible" to spin the island's devastation so positively.

Cruz responded the quote on the brink of tears saying: 'When you're drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story.

"If you don't have food for a baby it's not a good news story. When you have to pull people down from their buildings - I'm sorry, but that really upsets and frustrates me". "From what I understand, they're running low on a lot of that stuff right now so we're just trying to help the best that we can and provide as much services as we can with what we got", said Justin Hester, one of the firefighters in the group. She said the Federal Emergency Management Agency "has collapsed" in Puerto Rico. "This is a life-or-death story".

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