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Puerto Rico is 'an island surrounded by … big water'

Puerto Rico is 'an island surrounded by … big water'

Speaking at a hotel a few blocks from the White House, Trump mentioned that Puerto Rico's electrical grid and infrastructure had been in poor shape beforehand, saying, "we're literally starting from scratch".

Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz (right) embraces Esperanza Ruiz, a city administrator, outside the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum after Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 30, 2017.

However, Puerto Rico is still facing a humanitarian crisis, and many of its people remain without power and water.

The president's Saturday morning invective was likely a response to strong remarks made by Cruz at a press conference the evening prior.

He continued: "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".

Cruz also said she appreciated the efforts of responders, including those from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but felt they had not been given sufficient means to help those in the most dire need.

In a series of Twitter messages, Trump said the federal government had done "a great job with the nearly impossible situation".

"I know the FEMA people are working hard and they're doing their best, so this is a message for President Trump, thank you for calling San Juan yesterday and listening for our mayday call", Cruz said. "I'm begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying".

Mr. Trump's tweets showed "his true self: narcissistic, petty, lacking in empathy and failing to lead", tweeted "Star Trek" actor and activist George Takei.

Mnuchin says the entire Trump administration is "very much focused" on helping Puerto Rico.

But Gutierrez had more pointed criticism for the President, suggesting he ought to deploy the military forces with which he has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea to aid the distressed island.

She said: 'We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency. "But I think it's going really well, considering".

"There's only one goal and it's saving lives", she said. "I have to say that the administration has responded to our petitions".

"Maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story".

Trump thanked federal agencies "who are working so hard against bad odds" in Puerto Rico, and touted his visit to the island next week. It is unclear if he was praising first responders again or others in the USA territory.

The mayor of San Juan begged Friday for more assistance, saying residents are in desperate need of food and water.

"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".


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