Trump blasts Puerto Rican mayor for 'poor leadership' in hurricane relief crisis

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham

"Clearly, the situation here in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane is not satisfactory, but together we are getting there and the progress today is very strong", Duke said.

With the electrical grid nearly completely wiped out and untold numbers of people stranded without access to water and food in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans- who, it can not be said often enough, are American citizens- are truly facing a crisis.

Trump on Twitter also again defended the federal response, saying that the military and first responders were doing an "amazing job" and blasted the news media, whom he said were disparaging relief workers.

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

Trump is scheduled to speak to the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, by telephone on Saturday.

"The FEMA and this administration was not ready", she said.

Donald Trump has said officials in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them" in an astonishing attack on Twitter.

Trump also says the mayor was "very complimentary only a few days ago", but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".




He added that Puerto Rico will have to rebuild its infrastructure from "scratch".

The US government declared its relief efforts in Puerto Rico were succeeding but people on the hurricane-devastated island said help was scarce and many residents were desperate for fresh water, food and electricity.

Trump's Homeland Security chief told reporters Friday that the government's response to Maria was a 'good news story'.

His decision was "probably" more of a political one than an action to bring more aid to the island, Fugate said.

Following Trump's tweets, photos of Cruz, wading in floodwaters up to her waist and holding a megaphone, went viral.

President Trump is due to visit the island on Tuesday, and Mayor Yulín Cruz urged him to do more than simply survey the damage from a helicopter. "Well, I'm sorry I don't have time for that". "Food and water on site", he wrote. "This is a 'people are dying" story.

Rihanna on Thursday shared an image with the president of the New York Daily News's September 27 front page which read, "No food, no water, no power, no medical care for the dying ..."

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