Trump slams Puerto Rico mayor, Democrats, news media over Hurricane Maria response

Hurricane Maria approaching Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria approaching Puerto Rico

But community leaders tell us they can only keep this up for so long.

"We need someone in charge of that with the know-how of logistics, with the capability to restore logistics and with the authority to make decisions quickly", Senator Marco Rubio said Thursday.

Trump spent Sunday morning at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, before traveling to another golf course in nearby Jersey City to present the trophy to the victor of the Presidents Cup tournament.

Bossert says news of the devastation and frustration on the island isn't so much wrong as it is outdated.

"It's something that's really needed and we wanted to step up in a significant way", he said.

Trump thanked federal agencies "who are working so hard against awful odds" in Puerto Rico, and touted his visit to the island next week.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who won praise for managing the recovery efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said the federal government should have sent relief workers and aid ahead of the storm. "The whole economic debt is crushing Puerto Rico and this is part of it".

Trump launched his attack on San Juan's mayor during a weekend stay at his golf resort in New Jersey, where he was attending the President's Cup tournament on Sunday.

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He later joined the White House press secretary in the briefing room to answer questions about the administration's response.

"When I read that tweet, it was in reference to the mayor of San Juan, not to the people of Puerto Rico", said Rossello, who has made a point of working cooperatively with Trump's administration on aid for the island.

The volleyball team will also be hosting a "Puerto Rico Day" during its October 1 game in Wiley-Wilcox Gym. The fact that Puerto Rico is an island is no excuse for how his administration has failed to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis. She said even if she could book the tickets, there's no guarantee the flight will get out. Trump said on Twitter.

Since then, SSU has teamed up with Blends, a coffee boutique in downtown Savannah, that is using their company plane to send items to Puerto Rico, one of their main resources for coffee. "But, you know, that is not who we are here in San Juan".

"I knew that was a bad sign", he recalled.

"If he asks to meet with me, of course I will meet with him", she said.

Sanders is also suggesting that Trump may care less about helping the people of Puerto Rico due to their race. Someone will say, "Right this way, sir". "If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", she said.

Soon after the President's tweets, Ms Cruz tweeted photos of herself helping the relief effort, writing: "The goal is one: saving lives".

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Croix, the largest of the three major islands in that territory, remained without electricity and cellular communications nine days after Maria struck.

Cruz asked for any help the American people can offer. "Please. We need it", Maria Ortiz, a caregiver, told ABC News' Rob Marciano last week, after the deadly hurricane pummeled the USA territory.

"The response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this", he said.

"The response still is not where it needs to be, certainly it's not", Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello said on MSNBC Friday morning. "People are now starting to recognize the fantastic work that has been done by FEMA and our great military".

Berrios is hoping the island will get more help but she doesn't think the island is getting enough attention. And that's led to some strong words back from the president.

Trump waived the requirement Thursday, more than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.

On Saturday, Trump claimed that Cruz was showing "poor leadership ability" along with others, and that they "are not able to get their workers to help".

The hurricane also trashed the U.S. Virgin Islands, a smaller territory in the Caribbean.

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